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Catholic Word of the Day: ANGELS (symbols), 03-01-12 ^ | 03-01-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 03/01/2012 8:58:26 AM PST by Salvation

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ANGELS (symbols)

Depicted in various forms to express the will of God, of which they are the mediators. Shown as messengers, in worship, and in executing justice, they appeared in Western art before A.D. 600. Before Constantine their appearance without wings was mainly with a staff indicative of their office as messengers. The nine choirs are distinctively represented. Angels in art are represented with a variety of articles, musical instruments, thuribles, shields, scrolls, and in a few instances emblems of the Passion, though they are usually represented in worship before the Blessed Sacrament on earth and before the throne of God in heaven. Archangels are variously depicted: Michael driving Satan into hell; Gabriel announcing the Incarnation to Mary; Raphael healing the blind Tobit. The thrones are shown kneeling in adoration. Seraphim symbolize fire and love with their six red wings and eyes; cherubim with four-eyed wings of blue and holding a book, indicate their great knowledge; dominations, in royal robes, are crowned for authority; virtues, two-eyed, are charged with dispensing celestial miracles; the powers, holding swords, indicate their conquest of the evil spirits shown under their feet; the principalities carry scepters to assist in their direction of God's commands. The emblem of St. Frances of Rome is her guardian angel, whom she saw daily in visible form.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: angels; catholic
Much literature and art about angels.
1 posted on 03/01/2012 8:58:35 AM PST by Salvation
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Padre Pio's Love for the Holy Angels (Catholic Caucus)
How did God test the angels?

[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Angels
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With; The 9 Choirs of Angels
[Catholic Caucus: Coincidences That Aren't [Our Lady of the Angels]
The 12 most important things to know about angels
ANGELS: Their Meaning for Our World
Photo captures image of an 'angel' in hospital hallway
Do Angels Exist? (A miracle and a picture have many asking this question)
God Sends His Angels to Watch Over and Guide Us
Angels, Part 3

Angels, Part 2
Angels, Part 1
Angels Among Us Today
God Created the Angels as Individual, Immortal Spirits with Intelligence and Free Will
The Angels in Sacred Scripture
Angels in the History of the Church
Angels - in Heaven, on Earth and in Hell
Catholic Q&A: Angels and Demons (Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer)
Question: “Are there really such things as guardian angels?”

2 posted on 03/01/2012 9:03:36 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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3 posted on 03/01/2012 9:07:12 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Thanks; I don’t know much about Angels except for the fact that mine is suffering from battle fatigue!

4 posted on 03/01/2012 9:40:10 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: Salvation

nice post.

5 posted on 03/01/2012 10:23:14 AM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Salvation

Many interesting links to check out, thanks for posting.

6 posted on 03/01/2012 10:13:54 PM PST by Ciexyz
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7 posted on 03/01/2012 10:19:39 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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