Myth or reality, we’ll be celebrating all angels and the role of good over evil

Father Jonathon Sibley
Father Jonathon Sibley

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: By Fr Jonathan Sibley, Vicar of Long Sutton, Lutton and Dawsmere

Fiction or truth - do you believe in angels?

How often have you thought or heard comments such as “their angels were looking after them that day” as people miraculously survive danger?

That is a serious question but I am not necessarily referring to figures with white wings. How often have you thought or heard comments such as “their angels were looking after them that day” as people miraculously survive danger?

Earlier this month the nation observed Merchant Navy Day. The council flew the red Ensign at Priory Road. This was an important act to appreciate that 90 per cent of our daily goods come from overseas by ship.

Here at St Mary’s we flew the blue and white flag of the Missions to Seafarers, the church organisation which for more than 180 years has cared and worked on behalf of seafarers in hundreds of ports around the world. The flag known as the flying angel is recognised internationally and has earned respect for its Christian values from all who come across it.

At the beginning of next week, September 29, the church celebrates St Michael and All Angels, emphasising the role for good and intervention over evil. Myth or reality I will leave that for you to decide.