The Nine Choirs Of Angels
The Nine Choirs Of Angels Angels are spiritual beings created by God, naturally invisible to the human eye, but all around us and constantly carrying out the tasks God has given them. Traditionally the angels are classified into what are called nine “choirs” or “ranks.” This division is based on nine names of angels found in Sacred Scripture. Saint Paul writes about them in his letters: [May] The eyes of your heart [be] enlightened, that you may know what the hope is of the glory of his inheritance in the saints … Which he wrought in Christ, raising him up from the dead, and setting him on his right hand in the heavenly places. Above all principality, and power, and virtue, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. (Ephesians 1:18, 20-21) The First Triad Of Angels The first triad of angels contemplate and adore God directly. These include: Seraphim Seraphim means "The Burning Ones" and they are Attendants at the Throne of God. These are the highest order or choir of angels. They are the angels who are attendants or guardians before God's throne. They praise God, calling, "Holy Holy Holy is the Lord of Hosts". the only Bible reference is Isaiah 6:1-7. One of them touched Isaiah's lips with a live coal from the altar, cleansing him from sin. Seraphim have six wings, two cover their faces, two cover their feet, and two are for flying. Cherubim Cherubim means "Dullness of Wisdom" and they contemplate God's providence and are assigned to protect special places. Cherubim rank after the seraphim and are the second highest in the nine hierarchies or choirs of angels. The Old Testament does not reveal any evidence that the Jews considered them as intercessors or helpers of God. They were closely linked in God's glory. They are manlike in appearance and double-winged and were guardians of God's glory. They symbolized then, God's power and mobility. In the New Testament, they are alluded to as celestial attendants in the Apocalypse (Rv 4-6). Catholic tradition describes them as angels who have an intimate knowledge of God and continually praise Him. Thrones Thrones represent the steadfastness of the love of God. They contemplate God's power and judgement. Thrones are the Angels of pure Humility, Peace and Submission. They reside in the area of the cosmos where material form begins to take shape. The lower Choir of Angels need the Thrones to access God. The Second Triad Of Angels The second triad of angels fulfill God;s plan in the Universe. These include: Dominions Dominions lord over the lower choir and humanity. They take illumination from the higher hierarchies and govern the Universe. Dominions are Angels of Leadership. They regulate the duties of the angels, making known the commands of God. Virtues Virtues run the operation of movement in the Universe. Virtues are known as the Spirits of Motion and control the elements. They are sometimes referred to as "the shining ones." They govern all nature. They have control over seasons, planets, stars, moon; even the sun is subject to their command. They are also in charge of miracles and provide courage, grace, and valor. Powers Powers assist in governing the natural order. Powers are Warrior Angels against evil defending the cosmos and humans. They are known as potentates. They fight against evil spirits who attempt to wreak chaos through human beings. The chief is said to be either Samael or Camael, both angels of darkness. Third Triad Of Angels The third triad of angels interact and serve humanity closely. These include: Principalities Principalities are assigned to care and guard communities, kingdoms, states and parishes. They are associated with transitions in power. In the New Testament Principalities refers to one type of spiritual (metaphysical) being which are now quite hostile to God and human beings. (Rom 8:38; 1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 3:10; 6:12; Col 1:16; 2:10, 15) The clarity of the New Testament witness helps see that these beings were created through Christ and for Him (Col 1:16). Given their hostility to God and humans due to sin, Christ's ultimate rule over them (ibid) expresses the reign of the Lord over all in the cosmos. This is the Lordship of Christ, which reveals God's tremendous salvation in conquering sin and death at the cross, and now takes place in the Church. (Eph 3:10) Archangels Archangels are generally taken to mean "chief or leading angel" ( Jude 9; 1 Thes 4:16),to carry out God's important plans for mankind. they are the most frequently mentioned throughout the Bible. The Archangels have a unique role as God's messenger to the people at critical times in history and salvation (Tb 12:6, 15; Jn 5:4; Rv 12:7-9) as in The Annunciation and Apocalypse.. There are several Archangels. See our blog post Archangels for a greater insight into each of them. Guardian Angels Guardian Angels are the closest to the 3rd dimensional physical world in which humankind exist. They are our personal guardian angels assigned to protect and guide a particular person, group, kingdom, or country. Belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity. The concept of angels that guard over particular people and nationalities played a common role in Ancient Judaism, while a theory of tutelary angels and their hierarchy was extensively developed in Christianity in the 5th century by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. The theology of angels and tutelary spirits has undergone many refinements since the 5th century. Belief in both the East and the West is that guardian angels serve to protect whichever person God assigns them to,and present prayer to God on that person's behalf.
Michael J Robey
Psychic Medium | Psychic Investigator