Angels 101

Every Sunday, we make a personal Profession of Faith by reciting the Nicene Creed. We begin: “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.” 

The Angels

The first beings God “made” are the angels. The Catechism teaches: “As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures …” [330].  There are nine “orders of angels, usually called “choirs”, and are arranged in spheres

First Sphere

  • Seraphim - highest angelic class; caretakers of God's throne; continuously shout praises: "Holy, holy, holy …”. We imitate their prayer in our song at the end of the Preface.
  • Cherubim – guard the way to the Tree of Life [in Genesis]; guard the Throne of God
  • Thrones - elders who listen to the will of God; present the prayers of men.

Second Sphere

  • Dominions - regulate the duties of lower angels
  • Virtues - signs and miracles are made in the world through them
  • Powers – supervise movements of heavenly bodies; ensure the cosmos remains in order; warrior angels who oppose evil spirits

Third Sphere

  • Principalities - guide and protect nations, or groups of peoples, and institution; preside over the bands of angels
  • Archangels – messenger or envoy; only angels we know by name
  • Angles - most concerned with the affairs of men; Within the category of the angels, there are many different kinds, with different functions. The angels are sent as messengers to humanity. Our personal guardian angels come from this class.

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