Contents Parvum Officium Sancti Angeli Custodis
Little Office of the Guardian Angel

An office in honor of guardian Angels from the 17th century. The Latin text below is taken from a 1741 edition of the Coeleste Palmetum.

Start of all the Hours
Angelis suis Deus mandavit de te, ut custodiant te in omnibus viis tuis. ( Ps 90:11) God hath given His Angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Ps 90:11
Ad Matutinum At Matins only
V. Domine labia mea aperies.
R. Et os meum annuntiabit laudem tuam.
V. O Lord, open my lips.
R. And my mouth will announce Thy praise.
Ad Completorium At Compline only
V. Converte nos, Deus salutaris noster.
R. Et averte iram tuam a nobis.
V. Convert us, O God our Savior.
R. And turn away Thy wrath from us.
Ad Horas Omnes At all the Hours
V. Deus in adiutorium meum intende.
R. Domine ad adiuvandum me festina.
V. O God, come to my aid.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Alleluia*.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Alleluia*.
*A Septuagesima usque ad Pascha, loco Alleluia, dicitur *During Lent until Easter, instead of the alleluia the following is said
Laus tibi, Domine, Rex aeternae gloriae. Praise to Thee, O Lord, King of everlasting glory.
Ad Matutinum
At Matins, the start of the Day
Initium Start
CUSTODES hominum psallimus Angelos,
naturae fragili quos Pater addidit
caelestis comites, insidiantibus
ne succumberet hostibus.
THE Guardians of our race, our Angel Guides we hail;
our Father sendeth forth to aid our nature frail
these heavenly friends, lest we should suffer overthrow
through cunning of our subtle foe.
Conclusio Conclusion
Ad Primam
At Prime, the first hour of the day
Initium Start
NAM, quod corruerit proditor angelus,
concessis merito pulsus honoribus,
ardens invidia, pellere nititur
quos caelo Deus advocat.
FOR he, who justly lost the honor once his own,
the traitor angel, rues his lost and vacant throne,
with burning envy strives to make them fall away
whom God doth call to heavenly day.
Conclusio Conclusion
Ad Tertiam
At Terce, the third hour of the day 9:00 am
Initium Start
HUC, custos, igitur pervigil advola,
avertens patria de tibi credita
tam morbos animi, quam requiescere
quidquid non sinit incolas.
THEN, watchful Guardian, spread thy wings and cleave the air,
haste hither to our home committed to thy care;
drive thence each noxious ill that might the soul infest,
nor suffer danger here to rest.
Conclusio Conclusion
Ad Sextam
At Sext, the sixth hour of the day, noon
Initium Start
CHRISTE, sanctorum decus Angelorum
Rector humani generis et auctor,
nobis aeternum tribue benigne
scandere caelum.
CHRIST, the fair glory of the holy Angels,
Thou who hast made us, Thou who o'er us rulest,
grant of Thy mercy unto us Thy servants
steps up to heaven.
Conclusio Conclusion
Ad Nonam
At Nones, the ninth hour of the day 3:00 pm
Initium Start
ANGELUM pacis, Michael ad istam
caelitus mitte, rogitamus aulam:
nobis ut crebro veniente crescant
prospera cuncta.
SEND Thy Archangel, Michael, to our succor;
Peacemaker blessed, may he banish from us
striving and hatred, so that for the peaceful all
things may prosper.
Conclusio Conclusion
Ad Vesperas
At Vespers, evening prayer 6:00 pm
Initium Start
ANGELUS fortis Gabriel, ut hostem
pellat antiquum, volitet ab alto,
saepius templum veniat ad istud
visere nostrum.
SEND Thy Archangel, Gabriel, the mighty,
herald of heaven; may he from us mortals
spurn the old serpent, watching o'er the temples
where Thou art worshiped.
Conclusio Conclusion
Ad Completorium
At Compline, night time prayer before sleep
Initium Start
ANGELUM nobis medicum salutis
mitte de caelis Raphael, ut omnes
sanet aegrotos, pariterque nostros
dirigat actus.
SEND Thy Archangel, Raphael, the restorer
of the misguided ways of men who wander,
who at Thy biding strengthens soul and body
with Thine anointing.
Conclusio Conclusion
Conclusio Horae
Conclusion of the above Hours
SANCTI Angeli, custodes nostri, defendite nos in proelio, ut non pereamus in tremendo iudicio. O ye holy Angels, our guardians, defend us is battle that we may not perish in the awful judgment.
V. In conspectu Angelorum psallam tibi, Deus meus.
R. Adorabo ad templum sanctum tuum et confitebor nomini tuo.
V. In the sight of Angels I will sing to Thee, O God.
R. I will worship facing Thy holy temple and confess Thy name.
DEUS, qui ineffabili providentia sanctos Angelos tuos ad nostram custodiam mittere digneris, largire supplicibus tuis, et eorum semper protectione defendi, et aeterna sociate gaudere. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum. O God, who in Thine ineffable providence hast deigned to send Thy holy Angels to watch over us, grant to us, Thy supplicants, to be always defended by their protection and in eternity to share their joy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Commendation, recited at the end of Compline
HAS horas canonicas cum devotione
Dixi, custos Angele tui ratione:
Precor, me custodias mortis in agone,
Et praesens me deducas in caeli regione.
THESE hours Canonical with devotion
To thy rule, O Guardian Angel, I didst say:
I bid thee guard me at death's hour,
And carry me to heaven to live alway.
ANGELE Dei, qui custos es mei,
Me tibi commissum pietate superna;
Hac nocte illumina, custodi, rege, et guberna.
ANGEL of God, my guardian dear,
To whom his love commits me here;
Ever this night be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

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