But first, the scriptures...Psalm 90 is quoted today in the Gradual, verses 11-12.
God hath given His angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee in all Thy ways. In their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest Thou dash Thy foot against a stone.
The Gospel was from St. Matthew 4:1-11 about Jesus being tempted in the desert.
The Offertory, again from Psalm 90 , verses 4-5
The Lord will overshadow Thee with his shoulders, and under His wings thou shalt trust: His truth shall compass thee with a shield.
Jesus was fortified in the desert and to us, too, He provides angels and a shield to protect our hearts.
Protect us, Lord, from every evil. Sed libera nos a malo....