O Angel who has charge of me
From the dear Father of mercifulness,
Put ’round about me this night
The embracing love of Heaven’s saints.
Drive from me every temptation and danger,
Surround me in times of confusion and weakness,
And in my waking, working, and sleep,
Keep safe my life,
Guard me always.
Be a bright flame before me,
Be a guiding star above me,
Be a smooth path beneath me,
And be a kindly shepherd beside me,
Today, tonight, and forever.
For I am tired,
A stranger on earth’s shore,
Lead me to the land of the angels,
For I yearn to go home,
To the peace of Christ,
To the hope of Heaven.
Translated from the Gaelic by Alexander Carmichael and adapted by Monsignor Eric Barr. The original and Carmichael’s translation can be read here. Monsignor Barr is a priest of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, who has served in parishes and the chancery. For his article on St. Michael the Archangel, see here.
The picture shows St. Stanislaus on his pilgrimage to Rome, accompanied by his guardian angel, from the parish church of the Coronation of Mary in Traunkirchen, Austria. The picture, cropped, is taken by Wolfgang Sauber and used under a creative commons license.