According to legend, “A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men.” This truth echoes in the lyrics of an angelic Christmas carol.
The carol describes the joy of the angels at Christ’s birth. The chorus of “Angels We Have Heard on High” exclaims “Gloria in excelsis Deo!” which means, “Glory to God in the highest.” The word angel in Latin means messenger, which is confirmed by the Gospel account of the angels bringing tidings of great joy to the shepherds abiding in the fields. The Scriptures also tell us of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men.”
Of course, the angels of the Bible differ greatly from how we might imagine them today, thanks to their portrayal in books, television, and movies. It has been said that if you have trouble hearing the songs of angels with your ears, try listening with your heart. That’s good advice for Christmas and all year through.