Saturday, 8 November 2014

Prayers to Saint Uriel

O Holy Angel St. Uriel, whose name means “God is my Light”
We pray that you will guide our thoughts and actions with the Light of Christ.
We ask that you guard and protect us against all the attacks of Satan
Who has tempted man since the Garden of Eden.
May you and all the choirs of Angels intercede for us before the Most Holy Trinity
That we may receive mercy and eternal life in heaven, We ask this through Christ our Lord,

Saint Uriel "spirit who stood at the gate of the lost Eden with the fiery sword", light up our mind with the sword of truth so that our hearts are filled with the burning desire of love for the Holy Spirit. Protect us with your flaming sword against all evil. Amen.

Oh holy St. Uriel, come to our aid with your legion of
angels! Intercede for us that our hearts may burn with the
fire of God. Obtain for us the grace to use the sword of
truth to fight against all that is not in conformity to the most
adorable will of God in our lives.

Today is the feast of Saint Uriel the Archangel in the Eastern Orthodox calendar. Uriel is not recognised by the Catholic Church as an Archangel, as he does not appear in canonical Scripture, but only in the Book of Enoch. However, Eastern-rite Catholics continue to honour Saint Uriel. I see no harm in Latin-rite Catholics offering private devotion to St. Uriel.

I do find it puzzling that Anglicans recognise Saint Uriel as an Archangel, as they are part of the western tradition. I have seen a few delightful stained glass depictions of this most worthy angel in Anglican churches.

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