The belief that an angel is assigned
by God to protect each person was not clearly defined in the Old
Testament. In the New Testament church, the concept is supported
by passages found in Acts 12:15 (They said, [in reference to Peter]
It is his angel.) and Mt. 18:10 (Take care that
you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you, in
heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven).
The idea was further fostered by
Honorius of Autun in the 12th century. He maintained that every
soul was assigned a guardian angel at the moment the soul entered
into a body. Guardian angels also are attributed with the task
of the presentation of prayers to God as indicated in the Book
of Revelation (8:3): And the smoke of the incense, with the
prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
The Church celebrates the feast
of the Guardian Angels every Oct. 2. Measures 10" high. This
is a perfect gift for anyone at any age!