…and Archangels

Today is the Feast day of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (or in an older church calendar St Michael and All Angels).

The Archangel Raphael
with Tobit
in the Anson Chapel

Paintings of these three archangels appear in panels in the Anson Chapel at church, and encourage us to enlarge our vision of worship. We worship with ‘Angels and Archangels.’

The archangels also remind us that there are many dimensions to the creation. Dimensions in which different, mysterious, beings exist. Dimensions too which intersect with ours – people have had glimpses or visions of angels.

The Archangels feature in other faiths – especially in Judaism and Islam. They encourage people of faith to explore their common beliefs and teachings.

The Archangels feature in popular culture, indeed sometimes it seems they are more common in popular culture than in church culture. They indicate spiritual realms, and rich imaginative cosmology.

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