H is for Herald
H is for Heavenly
H is for Host
Each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight, and they had hoofs like those of a bull. They shone like polished bronze. In addition to their four faces and four wings, they each had four human hands, one under each wing.Two wings of each creature were spread out so that the creatures formed a square, with their wing tips touching.
But usually they are simply portrayed as "messengers from God"; and they don't have wings but are sometimes described as "shining". They are never given female characteristics;
and all angel names are male. Often they are described as (almost) human in every way. They are never little chubby babies with tiny wings and never do they wear little rings of silver tinsel on their heads.
Great power does funny things to you and me. Poke your fingers into a live light bulb socket and you will feel very odd indeed. The power will make you tingle all over and you might see flashing lights. You might also die, so don't try it for real!
So what might it feel like to experience just a tiny bit of the presence of an all-powerful God? Scary? Bright lights? A shaking and tingling all round? Etherial sounds, like voices but not like voices? Plenty of sane people have had such frightening experiences, even nowadays.
We can only guess what terrifying experience caused these tough workers on very much less than the minimum wage to abandon their jobs and go to look for a baby in a cattle-shed. It could only have been utterly life-changing.
That's angels for you!
A guest post from Noggy Blogger
Written in 1962 [see note below]
[fbb comment : The end gangways also led, indirectly, to another name. Southern electric trains were fitted with a panel on which letters or numbers could be displayed to indicate the train’s route. On the Portsmouth Line the headcode indicator was placed where the offside front window would otherwise have been, as it was inconvenient to position it on the gangway door. This left only one forward window, that for the driver, on the nearside. The resulting ‘one-eyed’ appearance and association with Portsmouth and the Navy, inspired the unofficial epithet ‘Nelsons’.]
"Noggy Blogger" is a back reference to the childhood of fbb where a nick-name for Northampton (his birth town) was "Noggy". Of course, real blogging would have been difficult. And in Summer 1962, fbb would have been 17, not the 12 years or so implied above.