By Suzanne Hobson (auth.)
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98 As part of their daily routine, the Brethren performed hourly intercessions and once a year on Christmas Eve they participated in a Candle Service. D. ’s own poetry and fiction the connection between Moravian liturgy and older forms of angel worship is restored and redeemed as part of an original ‘unified’ faith once guarded by the Brethren but now lost to the world. Beyond these Protestant cultures, angels thrived in mystical and occult literatures between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries.
Notes, they were also mass-produced and commercialized in the form of illustrations for Christmas cards. 115 The angel would seem, however, to have been an exception to this rule, appearing in all manner of secular contexts including scenes from daily life, cityscapes or landscapes. Guardian angels in particular appear in a wide variety of forms and poses. Buday describes a card sent to Queen Victoria in the 1880s, which shows a sombre seascape and a ship that appears as if it is about to be overwhelmed.
Some of these literatures incorporated older traditions such as fourteenth-century Kabbalism or developed elements of Merkabah mysticism and the Orphic mystery religions. Others, such as the magical practices associated with Paracelsus, drew on Hermetic and astrological models alongside scientific developments in the fields of medicine and the physical sciences. The myriad ways and guises in which these Introduction: Twentieth-Century Angelology 23 occult interests and ideas were incorporated into modernist literature have already been established in other contexts.
Angels of Modernism: Religion, Culture, Aesthetics 1910–1960 by Suzanne Hobson (auth.)