Angels figure prominently in most of the Irish saints' hagiographies, even more so than that of the rest of the Christian world. Angels gave the saints special messages and intrepretations. In Acallam na Senórach (a late 12th century text) Patrick is said to have had two guardian angels who served as advisors. We know from his Confession that a man named Victor delivered a letter to him in a dream. Perhaps Victor was an angel. Columcille was said to have been observed praying with two angels standing nearby.
The archangel Michael shows up in many Irish writings. Some have said he took over the role of the pagan god Lug, who among other things was a mighty warrior.
|Depiction of an angel in the Book of Kells|
|Angel mosiac in Holy Cross, Sligo. Photo by Fergal Claddagh|
I've surrounded my house with garden angels. I especially like those reading books. I'm always on the lookout for good ones. Let me know if you find some. I think it started when we bought a house (2 houses ago) with a little stone angel figure sitting next to a pond. I brought that figure with me, cracked head and all! This is not him, however. This is one of my book angels.