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Guide us waking, O Lord and guard us sleeping:
that awake we may watch with Christ,
and asleep we may rest in peace.

Book of Common Prayer
Church Hymnal Corporation, 1979


Prayer to the Guardian Angel

O Holy Guardian Angel, to whose care God, in his mercy, has committed me, stand by me now and at my last hour; protect me against all the powers of darkness; defend me from all my enemies and conduct my soul to the mansions of bliss.

Angel of God. My guardian dear, To whom God's love commits me here, Ever this day be at my side. To light and guard, To rule and guide. Amen

Saint Augustine's Prayer Book
Holy Cross Publications, 1993


I use to think that the Angel of Death would be a terrible thing. I realize now that the Angel of Death would have to be God's most tender and understanding angel, to be sent to us at such a significant, frightening moment.

Marianne Williamson
Illuminata: Thoughts, Prayers
and Rites of Passage
Random House, 1994

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