Angel

Hide stretched taut, 
a little frayed at the edges – 
homage to the fantasy of feathers – 
humming as the updraft plays 
its song of praise to the author 
of breath; 
                        you have become  
an instrument of glory, 
the terrible call and echoing, 
empty response, symphony 
on skins full of water and light 
prepared to weep over the world


The Collect for Saint Michael and All Angels
(September 29th)

Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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