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8.21.2005

Angels: An Overview

Judeo-Christian thought, particularly in the medieval era, has held that there is a hierarchy of nine choirs of angels with God at the center in the highest position.

The hierarchy consists of three descending levels, with each level having three ranks (or choirs):

The highest triad is made up of the Seraphim, the Cherubim, and the Thrones.

The second triad is composed of the Dominions, the Virtues, and the Powers.

The third triad consists of the Principalities, Archangels, and Angels.


Behold, the nine choirs of angels:

First Choir: Seraphim
The highest order of God's angelic servants.
In direct communication with God, they are ceaselessly celebrating beings of light, thought and love.
When visible to humans, their angelic form is as a six-winged and four-headed entity.

Second Choir: Cherubim
Guardians of the Tree of Life with an ever-turning flaming sword; charioteers leading the way for God.
Emanating vibrations of knowledge and wisdom.
When visible to humans, their form has four faces and four wings.

Third Choir: Thrones
They are the actual chariot or "wheels" of the celestial bodies, with an appearance similar to that of UFOs reported today.
Interestingly, during a time when the wheel was just coming into use, they were described in the form of images present in current technology.

Fourth Choir: Dominions
Regulators of angels' duties or they may be channels of mercy living within the second heaven.

Fifth Choir: Virtues
Possessing the grace to bestow blessings from on high, usually in the form of miracles.
Associated with those who struggle for good; they instill courage when it is most needed.

Sixth Choir: Powers
The first angels created by God.
Thought to be border patrol at the dangerous demarcation between the first and second heavens.

Seventh Choir: Principalities
In charge of nations and great cities on Earth.

Eighth Choir: Archangels
Messengers carrying the Divine Decrees.
Most important intercessionaries between God and humans.
Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Metatron, Remiel, Sariel, Anael, Raguel, and Raziel.

Ninth Choir: Angels
The last order in the celestial hierarchy and the closest to humankind.
Guardian angels bringing messages of faith and hope.

source material: Angels: An Endangered Species by Malcom Godwin; illustration: Emma Thompson in Angels In America

14 Comments:

Blogger Bela said...

Were you wearing Angel when you wrote this? LOL!

I love angels. They're so pretty. :-)

5:38 PM

 
Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

What a lovely post. And what am I going to say? The lady needs to wear a full slip under that frock! I am a sick and twisted person.

5:58 PM

 
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

What a great post. I've never bothered to investigate angels. I had no idea of the complexity of their organization. (Would you call it an organization? That implies reporting lines, an HR department LOL)
xo

8:07 PM

 
Blogger Kate said...

Wait, did Bela just say: "I love angels, they're so pretty?" LOLOLOL!

But seriously...Who are you and what have you done with our crabby slap-of-the-day Bela! :-)

8:28 PM

 
Blogger AP3 said...

Yes, nice post. :-)

8:39 PM

 
Blogger mireille said...

ahhh, my witty friends:
Bela: Sweety, they think I kidnapped you.
TLP: I'll tell Emma you said put on a slip
K-girl: Yes, org charts for heaven, will get right on that.
kate: I carefully wrapped her up and she's in the trunk of my car.
Aral: I'm glad you liked it. I think it's fascinating.

9:11 PM

 
Anonymous Lulu said...

I think Bela's getting rid of her dark side in cyberspace so she can be an angel when she grows up (though possibly the border police kind, LOL). You should let her out of the trunk soon, M, there's no room for her wings to sprout.

4:44 AM

 
Blogger Bela said...

*muffled* Let me out! Let me out!

ROTFL!

6:45 AM

 
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

:-) surrender to your fate bela!!

:-)

7:58 AM

 
Blogger Bela said...

*still muffled* Actually, L, it's quite comfy in that trunk. Wish I knew where M's taking me, though.

8:44 AM

 
Blogger Val said...

So where do we get the term "Seventh Heaven"? =) Are you going to talk about that next? Hehe!

9:02 AM

 
Blogger mireille said...

I heard Lulu about wingroom. She's Free, she's Free!!! xoxo

9:24 AM

 
Blogger actonbell said...

Wow, I had no idea! And that's a good point trina made about them being scary to people--angels probably weren't meant to be depicted as such beauties, but I love those images, anyway. And I like the gown withOUT the slip--the light passing through the legs is needed in the picture, imo.

9:39 AM

 
Blogger Bela said...

My wings need ironing now. :-(

8:18 PM

 

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