Tag Archives: angels

Man is great with God

How great we have become! The highest Seraphim Go veiled before our God. But we go nude to Him. ~ Angelus Silesius, Cherubinischer Wandersmann, III.203 Advertisements

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The Fair Glory

Today is Michaelmas, the feast of St. Michael and All Angels. And here is an ancient hymn. Written in the 800s, it asks for the help of angels, invoking their powers as guides, guards, and conquerors of serpents. But interestingly, … Continue reading

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Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

This is a holiday week! The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels is on Sept. 29. In preparation, here’s an angel-worthy hymn. It was written by Athelstan Riley and published in 1906 — thus proving that great hymnody could … Continue reading

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He sent no angel to our race

I first heard this hymn (copied below) in a Lutheran church, on the Feast of the Transfiguration. It must (imperatively!) be sung to the original 15th-century Agincourt tune; otherwise, it loses vigor. The unique stanza is the second.  “He sent no angel … Continue reading

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Christ, the Fair Glory

Christ, the fair glory of the holy Angels, Thou who hast made us, thou who o’er us rulest, Grant of thy mercy unto us thy servants Steps up to heaven. Send thy Archangel, Michael, to our succour; Peacemaker blessed, may … Continue reading

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On the subject of angels…

You ask what “human” is? I’ll tell you readily: It is, in just a word, “super-angelity.” ~ Angelus Silesius, Cherubinischer Wandersmann II.44

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Feast of St. Michael and All Angels

Guardian Angel by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) You are the bird whose wings once came When I called out and started from my sleep. I called you with my arms, because your name Is an abyss, a thousand midnights deep. … Continue reading

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