Why shouldn’t you name your Guardian Angel?


Frankly, I thought it was not the Church that says naming your guardian angel is forbidden, but rather a prevailing stream of thought among some theologians. But your question caused me to do a little digging, and I thank you for that—old dogs can still learn!

In my research, I found a curial resource I didn’t even know existed. It’s called Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy. It says, “The practice of assigning names to the Holy Angels should be discouraged, except in the cases of Gabriel, Raphael and Michael whose names are contained in Holy Scripture.” This is interpreted as saying we shouldn’t name our guardian angels because naming another implies authority over the other.

This logically leads to two other reasons theological and biblical than those given in the
Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy not to name your guardian angel: 1) Angels are pure spirits who received their names from God Himself and 2) The angel who appeared to Manue (Judges 13:18) chided him for asking for his name.
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