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Feast of Angels


Feast of the Guardian Angels


Last Monday, October 2 was the Feast of Guardian Angels. It was also the birthday celebration of Sr. Ma. Angelina S. Bernardo, OSA, the Directress of La Consolacion College , La Carlota City .

Perhaps no aspect of Catholic piety is as comforting to parents as the belief that an angel protects their little ones from dangers real and imagined. Guardian angels are not just for children. To represent individuals before God, to watch over them always, to aid their prayer and to present their souls to God at death are among the guardian angels’role.

The Catholic doctrine developed the concept of an angel as a guide and nurture of each human being and piety as implied by the Scripture. Jesus' words in Matthew 18:10 best support that belief: "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father."

Devotion to the angels began to develop with the birth of the monastic tradition. St. Benedict gave it impetus and Bernard of Clairvaux, the great 12th-century reformer, was such an eloquent spokesman for the guardian angels that angelic devotion assumed its current form in his day.

In 16th century, a feast in honor of the guardian angels was first observed. It was Pope Paul V who added it to the Roman calendar. Thus, October 2 is observed among Catholics as the Feast of the Guardian Angels.

What a coincidence! Sr. Angelina S. Bernardo was born that angelic day. Rev. Fr. Armando Onion, the parish priest of Our Lady of Peace Parish, La Carlota City offered a meaningful Eucharistic celebration to honor Sr. Bernardo’s natal day. All teaching and non-teaching personnel, students and students’ parents of La Consolacion College participated the said celebration.

After the mass followed the programs presented by the elementary, high school, and college students. In the afternoon, the College, BED, and non-teaching personnel performed various presentations to delight the celebrant.

It was a memorable, meaningful birthday bash indeed!  (Ref.: www.americancatholic.org)

Published in Negros Daily Bulltein, 6 October 2006
by Gil Camporazo

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