Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Guardian Angels, Lauds

Eternal Ruler of the stars,
Who didst create, with wondrous might,
All that exists, and with no less
Providing care, dost guide it right;

O listen to the suppliant prayer,
Of this our sinful company,
And, at this early dawn of light,
Grant that our souls new light may see.

Thine Angel bright, whom Thou choose
To guide our path, now deign to send,
That he from all contagious sin,
His humble clients may defend.

May he the envious dragon’s wiles,
For our protection, bring to nought,
Lest in deceitful nets and snares,
Unheeding spirits may be caught.

The fear of cruel enemies
Drive from our country far away,
Bring peace among our citizens,
And pestilential ravage stay.

To God the Father glory be,
May He by angels those defend,
Whom by His Son He did redeem,
On whom He did His Spirit send. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England