Who are the Holy Angels?
The angels are mighty spirits sent by God to bring us His message of life, grace and peace. They guide us on the path to holiness. As servants of Christ in the mystery of the Church, angels enlighten us, guide us, watch over us, defend us and lead us on the path of eternal life. Many “non-religious” people believe in angels and look to angels as spiritual guides and friends.
Why is the new area of the Gardens of Gethsemani named after the Holy Angels?
The angels watch over our cemeteries and the bodies of our loved ones because they are sacred and will share in the Resurrection. From early in its history, the Catholic Church has believed that angels watch over and protect our cemeteries because the bodies of our loved ones are sacred. Our bodies will share in the happiness of Heaven…the Resurrection. It is an honour to name the new area after the angels who we recognize as our helpers and messengers of God’s love. It is in the original Gardens of Gethsemani, an angel accompanied our Lord during his Passion at a time of great sorrow and provided him with comfort: “…there appeared an angel from heaven, strengthening him.” (Luke 22:43).
Can we interact with angels?
Yes. We can call on angels for help and ask them to interceed with God. The Catholic Church believes that all men and women regardless of their religion are under the care of a personal guardian angel. It is good and sensible to pray to one’s guardian angel for oneself and for others. Father Horgan advises: “If we pray to the angels, our crosses will become lighter and our fidelity to God will increase. We will walk more surely in the way that Christ has traced out for us, following Him Who is our way, truth and life”.
How can praying with the angels benefit us?
Father Horgan advises: “If we want to benefit from the companionship and guardianship of the angels – if we want our minds, our hearts, and our memories to be purified and sanctified – we must look to the angelic way of adoration.” Like other ministries in the church, Catholic Cemeteries is a ministry of life. The Church teaches that when there is a death, life doesn’t end, it changes. Our soul is immortal and at the end of time our bodies will be restored to us again in beauty.
Can the angels help the sick and dying and prepare the living for Eternal Life?
The angels are by our side to help us to accept the “task of dying”: helping us to accept separation and parting, assisting us complete the spiritual and personal tasks of love that are part of completing our life on earth and preparing our family and friends as well as ourselves for our journey home to God. Angels assist us to receive the Sacraments and lift away burdens.