On 29 September we celebrated the feast of Michael and All Angels. As part of the celebration those attending were invited to wear wings. It made for a colourful picture in the Cathedral.
What do angels have to do with us today. Read on to find out. The readings on the day were Genesis 28:10-17; Revelation 12:7-12; John 1:47-end.
‘Be an angel.’ ‘You’re an angel.’ ‘Aren’t they being little angels?’
We use phrases like this in general conversation but angels are probably not often really thought about. If people do think about them, they probably often confuse them with fairies. They’ve got wings and seem somewhat magical, hence the confusion. This confusion has angels relegated to the realm of the mythical in most minds, but for some people angels are very real indeed.
Marie Monson was a missionary in China in the 1920s. It was a time of lawlessness which even involved the army at times. One night a group of soldiers was promised by their leader that they could loot a city as they had not been paid. Marie was in the mission compound that night with some Chinese Christians. They could hear shouting and shooting but no soldier came to their door. Instead, many of their neighbours came to take refuge, carrying with them small bundles of valuables. The next day people from nearby came to ask Marie who the protectors of the compound were. There had been tall foreign soldiers on the roof of the mission hall the night before and one on the porch over the main gate. They had remained there all night and were reported to have shone. Interestingly, these angels were only seen by the non-believers, not by the Christians. Continue reading