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Friday, November 11, 2016

Angel Alphabet


This Angel Alphabet was posted back in 2015 to celebrate the September Feast of the Archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel. I thought it might be a good idea to post it again, now that this election time of nineteen months has passed with all of its disappointment, and that we might ask for the help of angels in the days, months and years ahead. And that as a nation we might recover and once again know light-heartedness.

The image above shows the roof of a Coptic Church, with wide-eyed and concerned angels looking into our world. 

Angel of the Americas ~ North, Central and South, pray for us.
Angel of breakfast, blueberries and bread, pray for us.
Angel of Christmas! the Christ Child's cradle, pray for us.
Angel of dear ones departed, pray for us.
Angel of my energy and efforts, pray for us.

Angel of forgiveness, ferns, and frozen things, guide us.
Angel of goodness and gardens, guide us.
Angel of happy times, helpers and health, guide us.
Angel of icy hearts, guide us.
Angel of job-seekers and the joyless, guide us. 

Angel of kisses and all human affection, inspire us.
Angel of lupine and lilies, inspire us.
Angel of Mary, mourners and good manners, inspire us.
Angel of non-believers, inspire us.
Angel of opposites and obstruction, inspire us.

Angel of poetry, prayers and popes, enlighten us.
Angel of questions, quizzes and quackery, enlighten us.
Angel of road rage-ers, robins and  relaxation, enlighten us.
Angel of sunflowers and snow, enlighten us.
Angel of thunder and thankfulness, enlighten us.

Angel of our understandings, protect us.
Angel of violence and vitriol, protect us.
Angel of windy wintertime, protect us.
Angel of my anxieties, protect us.
Angel of yellow finches, school buses and taxicabs, protect us.
Angel of Ground Zero, zygotes and life's zigzags, protect us. 

Father Stephen P. Morris


  1. Guide, inspire, enlighten and protect us. Angels for all, pray for us and show us the way to God's mercy. We should look inside ourselves and ask forgiveness for our hatred, our finger pointing, our dividing our nation, and our refusal to live by God's plan for us.

    1. The first reading at Mass this morning was the Second Letter of St. John verses 4-9. "And this is love, that we follow his commandments; this is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you follow love." And then in the same section, "Look to yourselves..." A lot of people in our country have a lot of soul searching to do now that this election is behind us. "Look to yourselves."

  2. These angels look more than concerned. They look fearful as if the burden is too great and they cannot help us. I know that if we pray together, our love will be felt and spread. Maybe then we will feel the angels smile down on us.

    1. Isn't that a sad, sad thought: that we would be living such love-less lives in this dear country of ours, that we would be frightening heaven?

  3. I think that was great, and sorely needed!!!!!

  4. I don't feel sadness from this prayer, I feel hopeful and am filled with joy at all the things we can become more cognizant of. To be guided and inspired in life to do good and to show love for our neighbors. All of our neighbors. I think that getting to know people that are different from ourselves is an enlightenment all of its own. Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us Father Stephen.

  5. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. "All our neighbors" yes - and of course the greatest story Jesus ever told about this (who is my neighbor?) is that of the Good Samaritan. The hero of that story is a "heretic".