Prayer to the Archangels -- An Ancient Irish Poem

May Gabriel be with me on Sundays, and the power of the King of heaven.

May Gabriel be with me always that evil may not come to me nor injury.

Michael on Monday I speak of, my mind is set on him,
Not with anyone do I compare him but with Jesus, Mary's son.

If it be Tuesday, Raphael I mention, until the end comes, for my help,
One of the seven whom I beseech, as long as I am on the field of the world.

May Uriel be with me on Wednesdays, the abbot with high nobility,
Against wound and against danger, agains the sea of rough wind.

Sariel on Thursday I speak of, against the swift waves of the sea,
Against every evil that comes to us, against every disease that seizes us.

On the day of the second fast, Rumiel -- a clear blessing -- I have loved,
I say only the truth, good the friend I have taken.

May Panchel be with me on Saturdays, as long as I am in this yellow-colored world.
May sweet Mary, with her friend, deliver me from strangers.

May the Trinity protect me!
May the Trinity defend me! May the Trinity save me from every hurt, from every danger.

Pictured, the fresco of Mary amidst the Seven Archangels, Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs, Rome.

[Today is the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. There are numerous variations in the oft-cited list of the names of the four other archangels. The seven are highlighted in this article in Wikipedia. The personifications of the archangels is among the most mystical aspects of the Christian faith for me, highlighting both poles of the universe -- between darkness and light, good and evil, heaven and hell.]

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Comment by Claire Fullerton on September 29, 2015 at 9:38am

It is my habit to arise each day and read something inspirational in the pursuit of setting my head straight before it self governs. This morning, the task is done; thank you for this!

Comment by Gerry Regan on September 29, 2015 at 10:12am

Claire, always delightful to hear from you and read your very gracious comments. Go raibh maith agat!

Comment by Claire Fullerton on September 29, 2015 at 10:31am

Your post has triggered that inexplicable wellspring of inspiration within me, which typically doesn't leave me alone until I write something!  Were it not for other projects on my desk, I'd be doing it this instance, but it's enough for me to park it and say, "Oh, I've got a good one for my fellow Geese!" And with regard to Go raibh maith agat, my intuition tells me God is in there. Go with God, perhaps? God bless you? You have to suffer us poor Yanks with a translation!


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Comment by That's Just How It Was on September 30, 2015 at 8:39am

I have never heard of this prayer before, so I was really glad o open your article this morning and read it. Thank you for that inspiration for my day . 


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Comment by Fran Reddy on September 30, 2015 at 8:49am

I have not heard reference before to there being seven archangels. Of course I knew of Michael, Gabriel and Raphael and even Uriel but had not heard mention of the other three. Now I am curious as to why not! Something to investigate now when I have some time!

Beautiful ancient Irish prayer Gerry, thanks so much for bringing it to our attention!

Comment by Martin John Canavan on October 4, 2015 at 3:17pm
Interesting, needs further investigation. Also. I came across an old Irish saying which I never heard before, God between us and all harm. Live and learn.
Comment by Jean Sullivan Cardinal on October 5, 2015 at 4:17pm

Very interesting, thank you for posting.


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Comment by That's Just How It Was on October 12, 2015 at 9:31am

Yes ; as a child it Ireland Martin Cavanan ; that was a adage used in most conversation's . For example if something was not quite right in a family ; they woudl say ; God between us and all harm. meaning ; I do hope that  harm will not come our way .


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Comment by That's Just How It Was on October 23, 2015 at 7:54am

Also ; I have a prayer taught to me by my Grandmother and it reads like this ......... say it every day , often 

Oh Angel of of God ,my guardian dear 

To whom Gods Love commits me here 

Ever this day be at my side 

To light, to guard, to rule , to guide ........... Amen  

Comment by Sherry Weaver Smith on February 24, 2016 at 2:55pm

I've been slowly starting to gather some ideas about angels. This is so inspiring. 

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