THE 9 CHOIRS OF ANGELS

In ascending order:

TYPE

THEIR DUTIES AS ANGELS

Angels

 God gave us as our guardian angels, and they are said to be our personality
 perfected

Archangels

 Assist in teaching the faith

Principalities 

 Created to watch over parishes

Powers

 Guardian angels of priest

Virtues

 Created to assist those who strive for a particular virtue

Dominations

 Help us to overcome our sinful behaviors, during Lent they help us to 
 practice penance

Thrones

 Created to watch over lawful leaders

Cherubim

 Created to adore God

Seraphim

 Created to adore God




Note: The Choir of Angels is divided into three triads with specific concerns:


The 1st triad:
Angels, Archangels, and Principalities: concern themselves with the minute ordering of the universe and specific causes, including the welfare of people. Each human being, each church, and each country has a Guardian Angel. The Feast of the Guardian Angels is October 2.

The 2nd triad:
Powers, Virtues and Dominations: known as the "angels of creation" because they concern themselves with the ordering of the universe and a plurality of causes.

The 3rd triad:
Thrones, Cherubim, and Seraphim: concern themselves with contemplating the glory of God. It is the 6-winged Seraphim who sing the Sanctus, "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts" (Isaias 6:3).

Angels (the word means "Messengers") are pure spirits, created before man, who were given one choice at the beginning of Creation: the Kingdom of God -- or the Absence of God, which is the Kingdom of Satan, the first Angel who rebelled. 




There are 7 Archangels (Tobias 12:15). We know the names of 3 of them from Scripture:


 

bulletMichael (Daniel, Epistle of St. Jude, Apocalypse of St. John), whose name means "Who is like God" and whose Feast is September 29;
bulletGabriel (Daniel and Luke), whose name means "Strength of God" and whose Feast is March 24; and
bulletRaphael (Tobias), whose name means "Medicine of God" and whose Feast is October 24.

The apocryphal Book of Enoch lists the other 4 as:


bulletUriel;
bulletRaguel;
bulletSariel; and
bulletJeramiel.

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