This solid bronze Angel of Presence Plaque depicts an Angel that is present and open. The Angel of Presence stands on two disjointed planes as the portal and bridge to two radically different, yet intimately connected, dimensions: Eternity and History, Reality and Possibility, Despair and Hope, Absence and Presence, Past and Present, Present and Future, Mortality and Everlasting Life, Humankind’s Future and the Absolute Future (whom we call God). The Angel of Presence Plaque reminds that there is always more than meets the eye to our life, our world, our present, and our future.
A Solid Bronze Plaque from Germany
This plaque is versatile and compact at 2 inches by 1.75 inches. Made of solid bronze and slightly elevated above the rest of the plaque, the Angel of Presence Plaque is a beautiful example of hand-crafted work by an artisan in the old-world style. This plaque makes an excellent gift for all seasons.
Angels? Archangels? Guardian Angels?
Of course, God – being God – does not need angels, archangels, guardian angels, or, for that matter, angels or creatures of any sort. Yet – in God’s omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence – God nevertheless wants angels to be in creation. God has placed angels in a most special location in the hierarchy of being: angels are ordered right below God but right above human beings. Like God, angels, are above human beings, since, like God, they exist as pure spirits and are not bound by space and time in our universe. However, angels, like human beings, are able to reason, to imagine, to love. But, like human beings, angels are below God, since they do not possess the divine attributes of omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience. The great “Angelic” Doctor of the Church, Saint Thomas Aquinas, envisions a hierarchy of heavenly beings within the great hierarchy of being: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. Angels come last in this heavenly hierarchy, but they come first for many, many persons (especially children) who ask that they bring God’s comfort to them. As guardians and companions on our life journey, angels celebrate with us when we are joyful and comfort us when we are grieving and suffering.