Carved Angels and Open Bible

Right under the organ of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church, Philadelphia, PA, can be seen carved angels with an open Bible, which are believed to be from the original Tinicum Island church which was built in 1646.

The left-hand inscription is from Isaiah 9:2 (1618 Gustaf II Adolf translation): "The People who walked in darkness have seen a great light, those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined." This is the traditional lesson read at Christmas morning dawn (Matins Julotta).

The right-hand inscription is: "Glory to God in the highest" - the song of the angels to the shepards (Luke2:14) that is the usual canticle sung at every Swedish High Mass.