Seeing Angels?

Have you seen an angel?

Seeing angels in stained glass at St Chrysostom’s

A group of St Chrysostom’s people thought about this question and exchanged thoughts.

That morning one of our members, on the way to church, came across a neighbour unconscious outside, his body quite cold. He phoned for an ambulance, and gave what help he could. Our church member is black and the unconscious neighbour had made it clear that he was racist – he refused to return greetings from black people, and turned his back on them. Perhaps in his recovery the man may consider that there can be black angels…

Another person related how she was was going to an event with her sister and mother when something (an angel?) prompted her to phone her mother to check she was ready – something she rarely did. When her mother answered she realised something was wrong – her mother had just had a stroke. The sisters were able to call an ambulance and help as best they could.

In these unusual days in which we live communicating with friends is important. A member of the group told how he was somehow prompted to phone a friend he had not heard from for a long time only to discover at the same time she was trying to phone him. A coincidence? Or an angel at work?

Another group member shared: “I had been driving for seven hours and I was lost in the maze of the one way system in Falmouth. An angel appeared sitting at the wheel of his car , asked me what was wrong , said ‘ Follow my car ‘ . I did , five minutes later I was outside my daughter’s flat.
Other angels have come to my rescue, usually when I was lost or a stranger giving a word of kindness at when needed .”

These are not sightings of angels with wings, or sounds of angelic choirs. However, in the Christian Scriptures and indeed in the teachings of many faiths, angels are beings of another dimension who bring messages and insights to us. The Angel Gabriel brings news to Mary…’

Talking of angels we spoke of unexpected messages being delivered, and our wish to be open to the unexpected, the breaking in of unusual messages and insight.

We thanked God for angels.


About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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