Carol of the Angels (Dave Armstrong’s 13th Christmas Poem)

Carol of the Angels (Dave Armstrong’s 13th Christmas Poem) December 7, 2015

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The Annunciation (1898), by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]

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[written in the wee hours of 7 December 2015]

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I am the archangel Gabriel, privileged to stand in the presence of the Lord. [1]

When Zechariah fathered John the Baptist; I explained to him John’s role. [2]

To holy Daniel of old I prophesied about 70 weeks and empires of the sword. [3]

The entire landscape of history from beginning to end; all is able to be foretold.

* * * * *

Appearing to Mary of Nazareth I proclaimed God with her always; day by day. [4]

Bearing Messiah: God the Son, was to be her unfathomable joy and singular task.

I hailed, confirming grace and favor upon her: the Mother to the Truth and Way,

Teaching her about the Holy Spirit’s overshadowing, when confused, she did ask.

* * * * *

I am the angel of the Lord, as bright as the sun, reflecting God’s glory and power.

Sent to announce to Bethlehem’s shepherds in the field, good tidings of great joy. [5]

From heaven to their town came the Savior, Christ the Lord: born in that very hour.

Filled with awe, they rushed to the manger in the cave, for to worship the holy boy.

* * * * *

I am the angel who was sent  to roll back the stone enclosing our risen Lord’s tomb,

Appearing like lightning; robes white as snow, scaring the guards who could hear it.

Informing both Marys: “Don’t be afraid. Jesus lives! Tell others He shall appear soon!

“In Galilee, then Jerusalem; the new Christian age to begin, by the Holy Spirit.” [6] 

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Biblical sources:

[1] Luke 1:19

[2] Luke 1:12-17

[3] Daniel 8 and 9

[4] Luke 1:26-38 

[5] Luke 2:8-12

[6] Matthew 28:2-7

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