October 2 is the Feast of the Guardian Angels! My family and I are parishioners a Guardian Angel Parish, so it is a big feast day for us, complete with a parish picnic, angel wings, and halo toss. You don’t have to belong to a Guardian Angel parish to celebrate and honor our angels, though!
So, what IS a Guardian Angel and how do we celebrate a feast to them? It’s tempting to think of the old cartoon-y images of the angel on your shoulder fighting against the devil on the other one. Here is what the Church has to say in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):
The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. (CCC 228; emphasis mine)
With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. (CCC 329; emphasis mine)
From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. (CCC 336; emphasis mine)
How can you celebrate the Guardian Angels as a family?
Here are a few thoughts:
- Incorporate the Guardian Angel prayer into your daily prayer routine in the morning or at night.
- Have an “angel” themed meal. (Consider angel hair pasta with angel food cake for dessert! Or how about some chicken wings followed by angel wings for dessert?)
- Create an “Angel Wing” award for each family member to collect as they show kindness, encourage another, pray for each other, stand up for another, etc.
- Hang a guardian angel above each child’s bed
- Get a keychain angel charm to hang off coats or backpacks.
- Find a guardian angel plush for the kids to sleep with if they are still in that stage.
If you end up celebrating as a family, leave a comment and let us know what you did!
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