Angelus Pacis

Angelus Pacis (the angel of peace). In the ancient Greek Church the catechumens were taught to offer in their prayers a special petition "for the angel of peace." St. Chrysostom often mentions this petition in his Homilies; as in his third, upon the Colossians, where he says. "Every man has angels attending him, and also the devil very busy about him. Therefore we pray and make our supplications for the angel of peace." In a sermon, he tells his auditory, "They might know there were angels of peace by hearing the deacons always in their prayers bidding men pray for the angel of peace." This undoubtedly refers to the forementioned form of prayers, wherein the catechumens are directed to ask of God the protection of "the angel of peace." See Bingham, Christian Antiquities, bk. 14, ch. 5, sec. 4.

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