Inspiring Christmas Quotes About Angels

What Christians have said about angels, shepherds and joy

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Christmas angel quotes remind you of the reason for the holiday's joy. Chris Hondros/Getty Images

During Christmastime, it can be inspiring to review quotes about angels, especially those who announced the birth of Jesus Christ on the first Christmas long ago -- and the angelic messengers who continue to spread love and joy during the holiday season. Christmas and angels go together as well as Christmas trees and lights or Christmas cookies and hot chocolate.

Angels Singing

"Good news from heaven the angels bring; glad tidings to the earth they sing: To us this day a child is given, To crown us with the joy of heaven.” – Martin Luther

"The earth has grown old with its burden of care/But at Christmas it always is young/The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair/And its soul full of music breaks the air/When the song of angels is sung.” – Phillips Brooks

"A song was heard at Christmas/To wake the midnight sky:/ A savior's birth, and peace on earth/And praise to God on high./The angels sang at Christmas/With all the hosts above,/And still we sing the newborn King/His glory and his love.” – Timothy Dudley-Smith

“Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring out of heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a savior! The angels called it 'Good News,' and it was.” – Larry Libby

“When the song of the angel is stilled/When the star in the sky is gone/When the kings and princes are home/When the shepherds are back with their flock/The work of Christmas begins:/To find the lost/To heal the broken/To feed the hungry/To release the prisoner/To rebuild the nations/To bring peace among brothers and sisters/To make music in the heart.” - Howard Thurman

Love and Joy

"Love came down at Christmas/love all lovely, love divine/ love was born at Christmas/stars and angels gave the sign.” - Christina Rossetti

“And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

... That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” – Linus Van Pelt, quoting from Luke chapter 2 of the Bible in A Charlie Brown Christmas TV special.

“So here comes Gabriel again, and what he says is 'Good tidings of great joy ... for all people." ...That's why the shepherds are first: they represent all the nameless, all the working stiffs, the great wheeling population of the whole world.” - Walter Wangerin Jr.

Shepherds

“While shepherds watch'd their flocks by night/All seated on the ground/The Angel of the Lord came down/And glory shone around.” – Nahum Tate

“The simple shepherds heard the voice of an angel and found their lamb; the wise men saw the light of a star and found their wisdom.” – Fulton J. Sheen

“Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him -- and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.” - Max Lucado

'Gloria, Gloria! they cry, for their song embraces all that the Lord has begun this day: Glory to God in the highest of heavens!

And peace to the people with whom he is pleased! And who are these people? With whom does the good Lord choose to take his pleasure? The shepherds. The plain and nameless -- whose every name the Lord knows well. You. And me.” - Walter Wangerin Jr.