This ancient prayer asks the angels to “encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory.”
These angels are here to protect us and lead us to eternal life. We may not always see their activity, but when the miraculous occurs, we sense that they played an important role in whatever happened.
Below is a brief prayer from the Byzantine liturgy that invokes their protection and calls upon them to deliver us from all harm.
Commanders of the heavenly hosts, we who are unworthy beseech you, by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory, and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you: “Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commanders of the powers on high!”
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