Visible and Invisible

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, Factórem cæli et terræ, Visibílium ómnium et invisibílium.

So we pray in the Creed, weekly, that we believe in one God, the Father almighty who made heaven and earth, and all things visible and invisible.

The invisible realm includes the angels who, as we read in the letter to the Hebrews “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for them, who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?” The angels minister to us, who are on the path of salvation. That’s good to know, and v. comforting.

It is written that the angels guard us throughout Scripture, here is a verse from Exodus – where the mighty angels went before the people to protect them as they were sent forth from slavery carrying with them the freely bestowed riches of Egypt.

The excerpts are variously from the Latin Vulgate, done prayerfully by St. Jerome who’s feast we recently celebrated, the Douay‐Rheims which was for years the official Catholic English translation of the Vulgate, and the Knox translation which is my favorite. (Monsignor Knox was on Oxford professor who wrote suspense novels to supplement his meagre income, and ended up translating the entirety of Sacred Scripture in the noble tradition of the language of the English.)

Not exactly on topic, but being a word geek I love reading the different translations.

Exodus 23:20-21


Ecce ego mittam angelum meum, qui præcedat te, et custodiat in via, et introducat in locum quem paravi. Observa eum, et audi vocem ejus, nec contemnendum putes: quia non dimittet cum peccaveris, et est nomen meum in illo.


Behold I will send my angel, who shall go before thee, and keep thee in thy journey, and bring thee into the place that I have prepared. Take notice of him, and hear his voice, and do not think him one to be contemned: for he will not forgive when thou hast sinned, and my name is in him.


And now I am sending my angel to go before thee and guard thee on thy way, and lead thee to the place I have made ready for thee. Give him good heed, and listen to his bidding; think not to treat him with neglect. He will not overlook thy faults, and in him dwells the power of my name.

Happy Feast Day.



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