This bronze Angel of the Annunciation Wall Plaque is a magnificent solid bronze depiction of the angel Gabriel announcing the news to Mary that she would bear a son—”the Son of the Highest.”
An Exquisite Solid Bronze Wall Plaque Forged in Germany
The Angel of the Annunciation Wall Plaque measures 7.9 x 4.3 inches and is created in a foundry in Germany.
“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”
Angels: Heralds of Peace and Glad Tidings
The angel (ἄγγελος—ángelos—Greek for “messenger”) is the “messenger” of the Divine. In his classic Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton asserts that “angels can fly, because they can take themselves lightly.” So angels can fly, and sing and stand watch. But angels also can herald peace and announce glad tidings!
God the Creator Mundi—the Creator of the World—has no need of angels, archangels, guardian angels, or, for that matter, of any creature of any sort. Yet in God’s inscrutable wisdom, God nevertheless wills that angels exist in creation. God has assigned angels a special place in the hierarchy of all being: they are below God, but above human beings. Like God, angels exist above human beings, for they are, like God, pure spirits, not limited by time or space in our universe. Like human beings, however, angels do think, imagine and love. Moreover, angels are, like human beings, below God, since they are not omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. The Doctor Angelicus of the Church, Saint Thomas Aquinas, asserts that there is a nine-level hierarchy of heavenly beings within the great hierarchy of being: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels and Angels. Angels are at the bottom (ninth) in this heavenly hierarchy, but they are nevertheless first for many who ask for and welcome their message of peace and glad tidings.