Saturday, December 5, 2009

Something about angels

St Gabriel (12th-century mosaic)

We're going to be seeing a lot of representations of angels in the next three of weeks so I thought I'd bring you the following:

They manifest a nature's sublimity. That is why Gabriel is represented with wings. Not that angels have wings, but that you may know that they leave the heights and the most elevated dwelling to approach human nature. Accordingly, the wings attributed to these powers have no other meaning than to indicate the sublimity of their nature.

-- St. John Chrysostom

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