Throughout history, and across religions, angels have been depicted in one form or another. Sometimes perceived as ethereal, they almost always have the purpose of conveying comfort and the presence of God.
They are that—and so much more. Mary Baker Eddy begins her definition of angels as “God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect …” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 581). This definition continues by describing angels as “the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.”
These communications need no prompting from man. Angels are described elsewhere in Science and Health as incorporeal impartations of “divine Love to man” (pp. 308–309), helping us to behold and experience spiritual reality—right at hand—manifested by practical blessings that meet every human need.