No flapping wings; no bright lights, no shining frisbee round his head. To be Biblically accurate, however, some earthy angles are described as "shining".
"You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!”
1946 saw the release of the film "It's a Wonderful Life" directed by Frank Capra. George Bailey (James Stewart) was the owner of a mortgage bank in a small American town. He was a "salt of the earth good guy" but his business was in trouble.
So an angel was sent from heaven to give him a hand.
British-born Henry Travers (Clarence) was a veteran of the English stage before emigrating to the U.S. in 1917. He gained more stage experience there on Broadway working with the Theatre Guild, and began his long film career.
So what did Mary see? Did she "see" or did she "experience"? In whatever shape and colour he appeared he manager to frighten her and his message was astounding.
But Emmanuel was on the way.