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From the Gospel reading at Holy Communion:

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, for your prayer has been heard.
(Luke’s Gospel, chapter 1, verses 11-13, NRSV)

Not every messenger of God is a terrifying being who strikes us dumb. Every time we pass on God’s message of love and salvation, we are Gabriel’s understudies.

This window is in the parish church of St. Peter and St. Mary Magdalene, Fordham, Cambridgeshire.

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