Angele Dei (SATB)
Angele Dei, also known as the Prayer to One's Guardian Angel, had initially been attributed to St. Anselm (ca. 1003-1109) for it appears in the medieval collections of his works. However, it has been determined that it was merely added to his works sometime after his death. Further research shows that this prayer is an 11th/12th century interpolation of a prayer written by Reginald of Canterbury (d. ca. after 1109) from his Life of St. Malchus (d. ca. 390) who was a famous hermit and a friend of St. Jerome (ca. 341-420). The popular English translation is from the latter half of the 19th century and appears in the Baltimore Manual of Prayers. This piece melodically represents the simplicity of one's prayer to his Guardian Angel and develops to illustrate an angel spreading its wings then closes them as a protective embrace for its charge against the assault of demons. The UP Madrigal Singers premiered this piece in September 2005 and later included it in their repertoire when they competed and won at the Florilège Vocal de Tours in 2006.