Saints to Pray to For Protection
By Caitlin Bootsma
There are lots of dangers in our world, with spiritual and physical dangers. That's the bad news, but the good news is that we have friends in heaven who want to intercede for us. Check out this list of heavenly intercessors and teach the children in your care to pray to them for protection, especially if they are feeling scared or worried.
- St. Michael the Archangel: St. Michael is probably the most well-known defender. As the defender of heaven, we pray in the St. Michael's Prayer that he "defend us against the wickedness and the snares of the devil."
- Your guardian angel: What an incredible gift! God gives each one of us a guardian angel to guide and protect us. Do the children in your life know about their guardian angel? Teaching them the Guardian Angel Prayer is a great start to a life-long relationship with their angel.
- St. Bridget of Sweden: St. Bridget prayed to know what wounds Christ suffered for us during the Passion. By praying about Christ's wounds in St. Bridget's novena, we also pray that our body and soul be protected from harm.
- St. Gerard Magella: He's the patron saint of childbirth, a wonderful saint to pray to on the behalf of pregnant relatives. One of his recognized miracles from heaven includes saving a mother (and her baby) with an at-risk pregnancy.
- St. Sebastian: He's the patron saint of soldiers and for good reason. He joined the Roman army to secretly assist Christians—in fact, 16 people converted when he was a captain. Pray for his intercessions for those in the military.
- St. Raphael: This archangel is the patron saint of healing. We can ask for him to protect us and our loved ones in need of any kind of healing, whether from illness, trauma or anything else.
There are so many saints who are ready and willing to bring our intentions before the throne of heaven. Are there others you would add to this list who you pray to for protection? If so, tell the kids (and adults surrounding them) in your life!
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