Manifestations at All Saints’ Church.




In the “Sunderland Echo” of October 8th,1921. the following appeared. One of the reporters had waited upon Rev. A. A. Boddy (Editor of “Confidence”) at his Vicarage. He called his attention to the experiences of Rev. G. M. Elliott and Mrs. Elliott, and asked him if he could add anything of interest. The result is to be found below.

In the same issue of the “Echo” in which this appeared there was a quite sympathetic leading article on “Angelic Visitations,” written in a reverent spirit. The following day (Sunday) there were those in All Saints’ Church who had read the article and perhaps hoped to experience something supernatural. One man in pain found his pain left him during the hymn singing, and his wife threatened with an influenza attack found herself completely delivered. They both testified to this when the writer called next day upon them.


Great interest has been aroused throughout the country in the story told by a Lincolnshire vicar, the Rev. G. Maurice Elliott, of how he met an angel by appointment at Brighton for the purpose of saving the life of his wife.

According to Mr. Elliott’s story, a London specialist had declared that an immediate operation was necessary, but the evening before she was to go into a nursing home an angel, in response to their prayers, appeared to them. “The angel was a male,” says the Vicar. ‘‘His figure was more majestic than that of men on earth. His eyes were extraordinary in their beauty. He spoke with a voice that was bell-like. He talked with us there in our room, using the ordinary language of every-day conversation.” The angel declared that the specialist was wrong in advising an operation, and later, in response to their requests for Divine guidance to a medical man who would confirm the angel’s statement, the angel again appeared and told them to go to Brighton, where he was to meet them.

He came to them in their carriage just before they arrived at the station, and walked with them through the town, guiding them to an hotel near the Aquarium. He walked normally and wore sandals and conversed with them the whole time. At the hotel the angel dematerialised and was not seen again. Strange to say, the vicar and his wife did meet another specialist at the hotel, and upon examining Mrs. Elliott he found she was in an entirely normal condition and that no operation was necessary.



A number of other clergymen in different parts of the country have, since these remarkable statements were published, expressed their belief in the appearance of angels.

The Rev. A. A. Boddy, vicar of All Saints’, Monkwearmouth, who has always taken a deep interest in the subject, when asked for his views on the general question, stated:--

“In All Saints’ Church angels have been seen during Divine worship. Not many Sundays ago one was seen standing at the Communion rails at the south side facing the congregation. One Sunday in 1907 an angel was seen by two members of the congregation. He was standing beside the preacher (or partly behind him) and seemed to be encouraging him, though the preacher was unconscious of the presence.

“A Welsh Christian woman, now aged and not strong, saw in 1910 the Person of Christ (it might have been an angel) standing on the chancel steps, at the close of the service--when the choir in procession was passing down the middle aisle singing. She was so much overcome with joy that she feIl on her knees and buried her face in her hands. When she looked up again He was gone. She often alludes to that vision as a wonderful encouragement.

“Whether these angel appearances were objective or subjective one cannot say. Occasions of tremendous stress, or great spiritual joy, seem to open the eyes to see what is really there, but hidden by reason of our material and lower spiritual condition.

“Some narrow escapes from serious accidents in my own case I have attributed to angel intervention.”


*Rev. G. Maurice Elliott has published a book, “Angels Seen To-day.”


From: Confidence, No. 127, Oct.-Dec. 1921, pag. 50, Sunderland, England