This dynamic depiction on the Angel With Shepherds Holy Card makes this prayer card a meaningful addition for almost any event or occasion. Each sheet has 8 perforated cards. There are 100 sheets to a package. These sheets can be run through a laser printer for personalization. A template is available on request from Creator Mundi.
A Prayer Card, Mass Card or Holy Card for Many Uses
Holy cards bear a religious image. Our sheets come blank on the back for your own prayers, favorite verses, or to commemorate special moments such as a First Communion, Confirmation, Ordination, or family reunion. Prayer cards are often distributed at funerals with a favorite prayer or with the name of the deceased. They are used in Sunday schools, religious education classes, and as a way to acknowledge an event on a large scale. Some parishes distribute a prayer card on Mother’s Day, Christmas, Easter and to celebrate anniversaries or other church and school events.
Luke 2:4-20 – An Angel appears to Shepherds in the Fields
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you glad tidings that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
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.