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SERMON: Angels

"It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God alone." - William Blake

Do you believe in angels?

When we cry out for help and need heavenly assistance, is it possible that Angels come to our rescue?

When the wind chimes ring out of nowhere and we feel chills on our backs and goose-bumps all over our bodies, perhaps it is the wings of angels comforting and soothing us in times of need?

It is not known precisely where angels dwell - whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. ~Voltaire
I absolutely believe that we all have access to the angelic realm and that all we have to do is call upon them through our intention/prayers and then be open to receive. Angels are God's helpers, assisting us in our everyday trials...and ultimately helping to guide us towards our soul's fulfillment. When we ask for guidance and clues from the universe, Angels will find ways to help us fulfill our life's task, leading us Home, to God and at-ONE-ment.



Abraham And The Three Angels by Lodovico Carracci 1555-1619


Almost all religions mention the existence of angels, and not as a metaphor, but as a reality. In Christianity, the angel Gabriel came to tell Mary that she was to give birth to Jesus. Jacob in the Old Testament wrestled with an angel. Buddha, sitting under the lotus tree, received his revelation from an angel. Mohammed was informed of his Heavenly mission by an angel. Baha'ullah (founder of the Baha'i faith), imprisoned for his beliefs, was visited by an angel, the Maid of Heaven, who told him of his divine mission.

It is said that angels know everything there is to know about the journey of the soul. There are four archangels that can be called on at any time for they are able to be in many places at once. Michael is the angel of protection and justice, Gabriel, with Divine messages, Rafael with healing and Uriel is the angel of music and forgiveness.

Angels are messengers of God in the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Quran. The term "angel" has also been expanded to various notions of "spiritual beings" found in many other religious traditions. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings.

The theological study of angels is known as angelology. In art, angels are often depicted with wings, ultimately reflecting the descriptions in the Hebrew Bible, such as the chayot in Ezekiel's Merkabah vision or the Seraphim of Isaiah.


An angel comforting Jesus before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane by Carl Heinrich Bloch 1865-1879


Although, we often see angels depicted as female, and it can seem that they have an effeminate quality about them, it is unarguable that God is male, Moses is male, Jesus is male, Mohammad is male, and therefore no surprise that all angels in the religious literature of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are male.

In my research, I have read that Angels are not, in fact, deceased human spirits, but that they were created separately from humanity, in order to help us know and love God. Similarly, loved one's who have 'crossed-over'/passed on who are assisting humanity in it's ascension are called Spirit Guides. We can contact our angels through focused meditation or by working with a channel who is adept at receiving messages from higher beings. Edgar Cayce was a well-known channel and psychic who could transfer information to the physical world.

When we believe, anything can happen. Ask and you shall receive....

Adapted from a sermon by Elizabeth Fagan as submitted to www.theCOOLgroup.org

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Reference:
Quinn, Gary, May the Angels Be With you,
Harmony Books, New York, NY.



Song Of The Angels by William-Adophe Bouguereau, 1881

It is not known precisely where angels dwell - whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. ~Voltaire

Angels Descending, bring from above, Echoes of mercy, whispers of love. ~Fanny J. Crosby

"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." Hebrews 13:2

Angels are spirits,but it is not because they are spirits that they are angels. They become angels when they are sent. ~Augustine

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