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The Saints & Their Eucharistic Encounters With Angels

It was the end of September, during the feast of the Holy Arch­angels. St. Angela tells us:

While I was in the church in Foligno and desired to com­municate, I prayed to the Holy Angels, and especially to St. Michael and the Angels of the Seraphim, and said: “O ministering Angels, who have the power and the of­fice from God to administer Him to others, by expressing His knowledge and love, I beseech you to present Him unto me, such as the Father of Mercies gave Him unto men, and as He willeth and hath willed to be received and worshipped by us; that is to say, poor, and sorrowing, and despised, and wounded, and bleeding, and crucified, and dead upon the cross.”

Then said the Angels unto me with unutterable pleasantness and sweetness: “O thou who art pleasing unto God, behold, He is ministered unto thee, and thou hast Him present; and over and above it hath been granted thee, that thou mayest present Him and administer Him to others.”

Then in truth I beheld Him present, and I saw Him very clearly with the eyes of my soul, in the Sacrament, even as I had asked for Him, namely, dolorous, and bleeding, and crucified, and after­wards dead upon the cross. Then, too, I felt so exceeding sharp a pain, that it seemed unto me that my heart would burst by reason of the presence of so dolorous a vision; and on the other hand, I took delight and joy in the presence of the Angels, and never would have thought, unless I had seen it, that the Angels were so pleasing, and that they could give such joy unto the soul.The Book of the Visions and Instructions of Blessed Angela of Foligno, trans. Rev. A. P. J. Cruikshank, 2nd ed. (London: Art and Book, 1888), chap. 38, pp. 137–138.

The Bread of Angels

It is Jacob’s ladder — this unheard exchange between Heaven and earth — that appears before us:

Be pleased to look upon these offerings with a serene and kindly countenance, and to accept them. . . . In humble prayer we ask you, almighty God: command that these gifts be borne by the hands of your holy Angel to your altar on high in the sight of your divine majesty, so that all of us, who through this participation at the altar receive the most holy Body and Blood of your Son, may be filled with every grace and heavenly blessing.

Eucharistic Prayer

Angels help us to understand this great mystery and to live it.

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