The prayer is an alternative to the popular "Angel of God" prayer.
Many are familiar with the “Angel of God” prayer to one’s guardian angel. It is a simple prayer, taught to children and retained in adulthood. However, it is not the only prayer in the Church’s rich treasury of prayers.
Among the many different prayers one could say to their guardian angel, below is another alternative. It is an all encompassing prayer that highlights the different activities of our guardian angels. The prayer reminds us that our guardian angels are powerful intercessors who constantly protect us from evil and try to draw us away from sin. They hold us up each day and provide invisible assistance that we usually never notice.
Our guardian angels are our true “companions” in life, daily with us in our journey of holiness. If you are looking for a prayer that helps remind you of this beautiful reality, here is a prayer that can be prayed on a daily basis and help you solidify a deeper relationship with them.
Most faithful companion, appointed by God to be my guardian, my protector, and defender, and who never leavest my side, how shall I thank thee for thy faithfulness and love, and for all the benefits which thou hast conferred upon me? Thou watch over me while I sleep; thou comfort me when I am sad; thou lift me up when I am down; thou avert the dangers that threaten me; thou warn me of those that are to come; thou withdraw me from sin, and excite me to good; thou exhort me to penance when I fall, and reconcile me to God. Long ago should I have been thrust down into hell, unless by thy prayers thou hadst turned away from me the anger of God. Leave me not, nor forsake me ever, I beseech thee, but still comfort me in adversity, restrain me in prosperity, defend me in danger, assist me in temptations, lest at any time I fall beneath them. Offer up in the sight of the Divine Majesty my prayers and groanings, and all my works of piety, and make me to persevere in grace until I come to everlasting life. Amen.
Who composed the “Angel of God” Prayer?