Here’s the “old school” Guardian Angel Prayer from back in the day if you’d like to pray this with your child(ren) (but we’re all children of God so you can pray this for yourselves too!) But here are some comments before we get to the prayer:
1) At first some words of the prayer may seem to be too much for children such as “perverse and illicit desires”, but this prayer may be needed today more than ever as our children at younger and younger ages are seeing and hearing things that are much more grave (and more frequent) than ever before!
2) The prayer mentions “this wretched…life.” Yes, this life is enjoyable and God blesses us abundantly before we pass, but there is pain and suffering while on earth and so yes it can be “wretched”! Especially when you compare it to heaven! So we should very much desire “eternal happiness”!
3) You’ll notice this version has a greater emphasis on spiritual warfare. We can’t forget this reality!
4) These days you don’t hear often about “fearing” Jesus. One homily I’ve heard about this that makes a lot of sense to me is that we love Jesus so much that we fear offending or hurting Him. Just like we love our family and friends so much that we FEAR hurting them! So don’t be AFRAID of using the word fear with our relationship to Christ!
And here’s the Guardian Angel Prayer!
O HOLY angel of God, minister of heavenly power, whom almighty God appointed as my guardian, through His majesty and devotion I humbly beg thee to guard my body, soul, and all my senses from perverse and illicit desires, from hurtful, vain, and impure thoughts, from the illusions of evil spirits, from the pollution of mind and body, and from the snares of my visible and invisible enemies seeking my soul. Be my watchful protector wherever I may go, night and day, every hour and every moment, and preserve me in clean works. Strengthen me with holy desires in the fear and love of Jesus Christ. And after this wretched and perishable life, lead my soul to eternal happiness; where with God and all His saints it may rejoice without end; especially with our Lord Jesus Christ: to whom be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen
And for the Latin people:
O SANCTE angele Dei, minister caelestis imperii, cui Deus omnipotens mei custodiam deputavit: per maiestatem eius et pietatem te humiliter deprecor, ut custodias animam meam et corpus meum: et omnes sensus meos a pravis et illicitis desideriis: a noxiis, vanis, et immundis cogitationibus, et ab illusionibus malignorum spirituum: a pollutione mentis et corporis: et ab insidiis inimicorum meorum visibilium et invisibilium quaerentium animam meam: et sis mihi protector tutus, ubicumque iero diebus ac noctibus, horis atque momentis, et conserva me in mundo opere: et confirma me in timore et amore Iesu Christi cum sanctis desideriis: et post hanc miseram et caducam vitam perduc animam meam ad aeternam felicitatem: ubi cum Deo et omnibus sanctis gaudeat sine fine: praestante Domino nostro Iesu Christo: cui est honor et gloria in saeculorum saecula. Amen
And since I’m old school, I like my prayers in paper form:
Going old school,