Angels are mentioned in the Liturgy because we see them throughout both the Old and New Testaments, from the angel in Genesis that prevented fallen Adam’s return to the garden, to the countless host of angels in the Book of Revelation who continually worship the Lord. There is an interesting prayer in Evening Prayer where we pray “that thy holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and good will.” I take this prayer not as seeking guidance from the angels, for that is the role of the Holy Spirit. Rather I see it as a prayer for protection since that is one of the roles of the angels.
Years ago I was invited to preach at a Church in Winter Garden, Florida. While there I met a young woman living in the cleric’s home with his family. She had been raised in the Church of Satan in California and was sent to Florida as a “missionary.” She was listening to the radio and came under conviction through a Christian station and called my friend and asked to be rescued from the cult. As he left to pick her up he almost flippantly prayed that the Lord would send an angel to protect his family. When they returned to his home the young woman refused to get out of the car for fear of the “giant man” standing in his front door. My friend could see nothing and at first he was confused but then he remembered his prayer. Still not seeing the angel he released him. The young woman was able to enter his home. She was baptized and found work in a retirement home doing the Lord’s work.
These beings minister to us in ways of which we are not aware and that is as it should be. They are more evidence of the Father’s love for us but they are not sent to take our eyes off of Jesus who is the Author and Perfecter of our faith.