Advent Calendar 16th December 2012


Open a door on our Advent calendar every day - it will soon be the Winter Solstice on December 22nd, the beginning of Yule and then Christmas day. Advent means 'the coming', and there is lots of festive fun on the way - enjoy our Advent calendar countdown and discover the fascinating customs and traditions of Yule.
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Glastonbury angel

Christmas Angel


The word 'angel' is Greek in origin, meaning 'a messenger' or one who is sent. Angels are said to be immortal spirits and are used by artists and poets as symbols of innocence and beauty. They are supernatural beings found in many religions and beliefs.

In Christianity the archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary as a messenger to tell her that her child would be the Messiah, and other angels were present to herald the baby's birth on Christmas day.

Some believe we each have guardian angel, a spirit who protects and guides us. This belief was common in Ancient Greek philosophy.

Supernatural winged messengers have been the subject of myth, legend, religion and art for many hundreds of years. They are beautiful, ethereal beings we have come to admire.

If you are lucky you may spot an angel ... look carefully around when you are at a solstice celebration or Glastonbury festival...
angel

'Winged Figure'
:Thayer (1889)




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