I often thinks it’s a pity that more feast days aren’t allowed to “displace” the celebration of Sundays in Ordinary Time  (sorry to the liturgists who are probably throwing their hands in the air at reading that)!  I say that from a purely practical perspective: I think people would derive a great deal of catechetical (and spiritual) benefit from celebrating more of the Feasts of the liturgical calendar.  Given that most people do not participate in Mass (or the Liturgy of the Hours) for any day other than Sunday, most people thereby miss out on most of the Feasts of the liturgical year.

Yesterday, the Guardian Angels were not powerful enough to out-rank Sunday, however they were not forgotten.  It’s pleasing to note that Pope Benedict usually refers to the Saint of the day in his homilies and Angelus addresses, even when it is a Sunday and that Saint’s liturgical feast is not actually being celebrated.  This is something that homilists everywhere could take note of and copy.  (I will add that the celebrant and homilist of the Mass which I concelebrated yesterday indeed made mention of the Guardian Angels)!

The following is from the CNA report from yesterday:

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2011 / 10:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI used his Sunday Angelus address to remind Christians to call upon their guardian angel for help throughout life.

“Dear friends, the Lord is always near and active in human history, and follows us with the unique presence of His angels, that today the Church venerates as ‘Guardian,’ in other words those who minister God’s care for every man,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square, October 2.

“From the beginning until death,” he said, “human life is surrounded by their constant protection.”

The Pope’s comments come on the Feast of the Guardian Angels, a day celebrating the Catholic Church’s teaching that each person is assigned an angel to help protect and guide them through life. It was Pope Clement X who first extended the feast day to the entire Church in the early 17th century.

Read the whole story here.  The story also has links to some prayers to our guardian angels.