Coming into the season of Christmas we will be singing many carols about angels… Hark the Hearld Angels Sing, Angels We Have Heard on High, and Angels from the Realm of Glory. But did you know the word angel or angels appears 329 times in the Bible and almost as many times in the Book of Common Prayer.
This says to me, according to our hymnody, scripture and prayers, angels are all around us, all the time. Even ancient liturgies make mention of the holy angels. Likewise, the early Church Mothers and Fathers express adoration of angels. St. Leo the Great said to make friends with the holy angels and we will find them to be most loving companions in our earthly pilgrimage. St. Bridget, who was favored by God with heavenly visions, tell us that if we were to see an angel in all his beauty, we should be so ravished with delight at the sight, that we should die of love. And St. Augustine writes about angels that “they have compassion on us and at God’s command they hasten to our aid.”
Now I can’t say for certain that I’ve see an angel and yet I do believe they exist and are messengers. Messengers of God. They are all around guiding and protecting us. And my prayer for each one of you is that on one these cold winter nights you will look to the heavens, hear the angels sing and find deep peace within. For as this carol reminds us:
It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold
Peace on the earth, goodwill to all, from heav’n’s all gracious king
The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.
May you have a blessed Christmas,