The Holy Angels


St. Padre Pio, The Seraphim, and the Holy Eucharist – The Holy Angels with Msgr John Esseff

On the Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Msgr. Esseff discusses his interaction with St. Pio in relation to the Holy Angels. He then explains the role of Holy Angels at the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, and in particular, the presence and witness of the Seraphim.

BKL201 – The Angelic Realm and the Celebration of the Holy Mass – The Holy Angels with Msgr John Esseff

Msgr. Esseff continues his reflections on the Angelic Realm. He discusses the magnificence of the Throne of God. Isaiah Chap 6:1-4 In the year King Uzziah died,* I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,awith the train of his garment filling the temple.2Seraphim* were stationed above; each of them had six wings:

The Principalities-The Holy Angels with Msgr John Esseff

Msgr. Esseff begins a series of teachings on The Holy Angels. In this episode, he discusses THE PRINCIPALITIES and how they have the incredible power of administration. They watch over countries, cities, and other areas in need of administration, especially in times of crisis

The “Principalities” (Latin: principati) also translated as “Princedoms” and “Rulers”, from the Greek archai, pl. of archē (see Greek root in Eph 3:10), are the angels that guide and protect nations, or groups of peoples, and institutions such as the Church. The Principalities preside over the bands of angels and charge them with fulfilling the divine ministry. There are some who administer and some who assist.[9]

The Archangels -The Holy Angels with Msgr John Esseff

Msgr. Esseff begins a series of teachings on The Holy Angels.  In this episode, he discusses our THE ARCHANGELS.

He addresses many topics including:

  • The role of the Archangel
  • St. Gabriel, the messenger of God
  • St. Raphel, the healer of God
  • St. Michael, who is like God?
  • Calling upon the aid of the Archangels

335 In her liturgy, the Church joins with the angels to adore the thrice-holy God. She invokes their assistance (in the funeral liturgy’s In Paradisum deducant te angeli. . .[“May the angels lead you into Paradise. . .”]). Moreover, in the “Cherubic Hymn” of the Byzantine Liturgy, she celebrates the memory of certain angels more particularly (St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, and the guardian angels).

– from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

More on the Guardian Angel – The Holy Angels

Msgr. Esseff felt called to expand on his talk concerning the Guardian Angels. He emphasises the importance of asking for assistance in every aspect of our lives and sites many examples where that can be done.

Msgr. Esseff will also respond to several questions, including

-the issue of asking the name of the Guardian Angel. Some feel requesting the name could invite a name from a demonic spirit. Msgr. Esseff has never experienced that in over 60 years as a priest nor over the 40 years serving as an Exorcist. He will break this area open and talk about the importance of testing spirits, examining the fruits of the relationship and the value of deeply listening in our prayer.

-we should ask for assistance, because the Guardian Angel respects our free will

The Fall of the Angels -The Holy Angels with Msgr John Esseff

Msgr. Esseff begins a series of teachings on The Holy Angels. In this episode, he discusses our THE FALL OF THE ANGELS.

He addresses many topics including:

-The nature of the visible and invisible

-While there may be other theological contemplations on the fall of the angels, Msgr. Esseff brings forward the one he feels falls more closely occurred

-Distinguishing between the angels – the importance of calling on the “Holy Angels”

-The wound of rejection and sin of pride


391 Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy.266 Scripture and the Church’s Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called “Satan” or the “devil”.267 The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: “The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing.”268

392 Scripture speaks of a sin of these angels.269 This “fall” consists in the free choice of these created spirits, who radically and irrevocably rejected God and his reign. We find a reflection of that rebellion in the tempter’s words to our first parents: “You will be like God.”270 The devil “has sinned from the beginning”; he is “a liar and the father of lies”.271

393 It is the irrevocable character of their choice, and not a defect in the infinite divine mercy, that makes the angels’ sin unforgivable. “There is no repentance for the angels after their fall, just as there is no repentance for men after death.”272

394 Scripture witnesses to the disastrous influence of the one Jesus calls “a murderer from the beginning”, who would even try to divert Jesus from the mission received from his Father.273 “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”274 In its consequences the gravest of these works was the mendacious seduction that led man to disobey God.

395 The power of Satan is, nonetheless, not infinite. He is only a creature, powerful from the fact that he is pure spirit, but still a creature. He cannot prevent the building up of God’s reign. Although Satan may act in the world out of hatred for God and his kingdom in Christ Jesus, and although his action may cause grave injuries – of a spiritual nature and, indirectly, even of a physical nature- to each man and to society, the action is permitted by divine providence which with strength and gentleness guides human and cosmic history. It is a great mystery that providence should permit diabolical activity, but “we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him.”275

– from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Guardian Angels -The Holy Angels with Msgr John Esseff

Msgr. Esseff begins a series of teachings on The Holy Angels. In this episode, he discusses our GUARDIAN ANGELS.

He addresses many topics including:

-The nature of the Guardian Angel

-Why the Guardian Angels accompany us.

-The difference between “giving your angel a name” and asking the Guardian Angel their name

-How and why the Guardian Angel desires to serve us

-How our Guardian Angel stays by our side no matter what. How our Guardian Angel can minister to us in pain, confusion, fear, and other areas of suffering

A prayer to our Guardian Angel

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide.

“From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their (the angels) watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth, the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united to God.”

– from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 336.

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

* A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman* clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.a 2 She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.* 3 Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was

More on the Angels

Msgr. Esseff continues on his teachings on the Holy Angels.  

The Guardian Angels

Gospel MT 18:1-5, 10 The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like

The Angels

RV 12:7-12AB War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole

The Reality of Hell

Gospel MT 13:36-43 Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the

The Angels – Thursday, Third Week of Advent

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the ANGELS!  He teaches us about their coming into being and how a third fell from grace.  He speaks of their roles in our lives today. Gospel Lk 1:26-38 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to

Day 7 Spiritual Retreat for Missionaries of Charity in Australia / Angels!

Msgr. Esseff prepares for the final day of the retreat for this group of Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity. On this day, he will ask their angels to accompany them in a special way to aid them on their journey home and in the work that is ahead of them with the poorest of


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