From the Gospel reading at Holy Communion
In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah.
Once when he was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense. Now at the time of the incense-offering, the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him. But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah
(Luke’s Gospel, chapter 1, verses 5,8-13, NRSV)
I get very tired of cute angels with pretty wings and baby faces – they aren’t going to overwhelm anyone with fear!
Campaign for Real Angels, anyone?
This glass is in All Saints’ church, Jesus Lane in Cambridge.