02 October 2012

Abendsegen


Not that I want to make our guardian angels into something too sweet for words, but this video is just lovely. About half-way through, the music goes into the gorgeous "Abendsegen" from Humperdinck's opera, "Hansel and Gretel." I still remember playing the part of Hansel in our Fifth Grade play, and got to sing this "Evening Prayer."

Why there are fourteen angels, I do not know; but the knowledge that God surrounds us with His love by appointing angels for our guidance and protection is one of the great comforts of our faith. Here's the English translation of the text of "Abendsegen."

When at night I go to sleep
Fourteen angels watch do keep
Two my head are guarding
Two my feet are guiding
Two are on my right hand
Two are on my left hand
Two who warmly cover
Two who o’er me hover
Two to whom ’tis given
To guide my steps to heaven

Sleeping sofly, then it seems
Heaven enters in my dreams;
Angels hover round me,
Whisp'ring they have found me;
Two are sweetly singing,
Two are garlands bringing,
Strewing me with roses
As my soul reposes.
God will not forsake me
When dawn at last will wake me.