Skip to comments.Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With; The 9 Choirs of Angels
Posted on 08/25/2010 9:16:24 AM PDT by Salvation
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With
The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)
The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy
The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy
The 3 Eminent Good Works
The 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost (& the Charismata)
The 12 Fruits of the Holy Ghost
The 3 Theological Virtues
The 4 Cardinal Virtues
The 7 Capital Sins & Their Contrary Virtues
The 6 Sins Against the Holy Ghost
The 4 Sins That Cry Out to Heaven
The 3 Conditions of Mortal Sin
The 9 Ways We Participate in Others' Sins
The 10 Commandments
The 2 Greatest Commandments
The 3 Evangelical Counsels
The 6 Precepts of the Church
The Holy Days of Obligation (English)
The 3 Powers of the Soul
The 4 Pillars of the Catholic Faith
The 3 Pillars of the Church's Authority
The 3 Munera (Duties of the Ordained)
The 3 Parts of the Church
The 4 Marks of the Church
The 12 Apostles
The 12 Tribes of Israel
The 8 Beatitudes
The 14 Stations of the Cross
The 7 Sorrows (Dolours) and 7 Joys of Our Lady
The 7 Sorrows and 7 Joys of St. Joseph
The 15 Mysteries of the Rosary
The Order of Creation
The 9 Choirs of Angels
The 3 levels of reverence
The 14 Holy Helpers
The 7 Last Words of Christ
The 4 Last Things (The Novissima)
The 9 Choirs of Angels
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 spirits (there was and is debate as to whether they are pure spirit like God or whether they are possess "subtle matter" and are corporeal in a different way from us), 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:
The apocryphal Book of Enoch lists the other 4 as:
Open thread for discussion of angels.
Our Guardian Angels [Ecumenical]
Her unborn 'guardian angels' inspire pro-life work
Question: Are there really such things as guardian angels?
Guardian angels caught on film?
Early Christians Representations of Angels[Feast day Guardian Angels]
Who makes this stuff up?
seriously. This is all made up stuff - not from the bible or God hisself
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 in the History of the Church
Angels - in Heaven, on Earth and in Hell
Catholic Q&A: Angels and Demons (Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer)
GOD AND THE ANGELS
Question: Are there really such things as guardian angels?
The Archangel Raphael
The Archangels and the Oceans
Explanation of the Prayer of Saint Michael [Father Robert J. Altier]
Act of Consecration to St Michael the Archangel (for the Feast of St Michael, September 29)
St. Gabriel Archangel
Feast Day of Michael,Gabriel and Raphael[Michael's Battle With The Dragon]
Saint Michael The Archangel
THE THREE ARCHANGELS: [St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael]
Feast of St. Michael the Archangel
St. Gabriel Archangel
You need to check your Bible again, sir. Angels in the Old Testament and Angels in the New Testament.
Plus your Bible may be missing some books.
Please notice that one of the lists is from an apochryphal book source and is not in the Bible — but that is only one. All the rest are.
Look up those names in a good concordance. You will find them! And in you Bible, no less. (If you have a complete Bible, that is.)
Wonderful reference! Thanks for this! I’m stuck at work with very little time but I’ll be sure to study this in more detail later!
A little moral common sense tells me that too much of something means too little of something else: life, for instance.
This is just from KJV
angels 92 verses, 94 hits
angel 194 verses, 203 hits
messenger 32 verses, 34 hits
Pietro da Cortona
The Guardian Angel, 1656
Oil on canvas, 225 x 143 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome
Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
to whom His love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide, Amen.
qui custos es mei,
me, tibi commíssum pietáte supérna,
rege et gubérna.
That every individual soul has a guardian angel has never been defined by the Church, and is, consequently, not an article of faith; but it is the "mind of the Church", as St. Jerome expressed it: "how great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it."
In the Bible this doctrine is clearly discernible and its development is well marked. In Genesis 28-29, angels not only act as the executors of God's wrath against the cities of the plain, but they deliver Lot from danger; in Exodus 12-13, an angel is the appointed leader of the host of Israel, and in 32:34, God says to Moses: "my angel shall go before thee." At a much later period we have the story of Tobias, which might serve for a commentary on the words of Psalm 90:11: "For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways." (Cf. Psalm 33:8 and 34:5.) Lastly, in Daniel 10 angels are entrusted with the care of particular districts; one is called "prince of the kingdom of the Persians", and Michael is termed "one of the chief princes"; cf. Deuteronomy 32:8; and Ecclesiasticus 17:17.
This sums up the Old Testament doctrine on the point; it is clear that the Old Testament conceived of God's angels as His ministers who carried out his behests, and who were at times given special commissions, regarding men and mundane affairs. There is no special teaching; the doctrine is rather taken for granted than expressly laid down; cf. 2 Machabees 3:25; 10:29; 11:6; 15:23.
But in the New Testament the doctrine is stated with greater precision. Angels are everywhere the intermediaries between God and man; and Christ set a seal upon the Old Testament teaching: "See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10). A twofold aspect of the doctrine is here put before us: even little children have guardian angels, and these same angels lose not the vision of God by the fact that they have a mission to fulfil on earth.
Without dwelling on the various passages in the New Testament where the doctrine of guardian angels is suggested, it may suffice to mention the angel who succoured Christ in the garden, and the angel who delivered St. Peter from prison. Hebrews 1:14 puts the doctrine in its clearest light: "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for them, who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?" This is the function of the guardian angels; they are to lead us, if we wish it, to the Kingdom of Heaven.
(Principal source - Catholic Encyclopedia - 1913 edition )
Angelology is fairly speculative. Its sources include Christian scripture, Jewish scriptural midrash, apocryphal sources including apparitions, and syllogisms based on these sources. Those elements which are beyond scripture, whether from syllogisms, apparitions or apocrypha, are not likely to be regarded as mandatory doctrine by anyone, certainly not infallible proclamations. It certainly is not, however, whimsical or counter-scriptural, since apocryphal sources and apparitions are tested against scripture, and midrash and syllogisms are based on scripture.
One purpose why it is useful for Catholics to be familiar with angelology is to discern between the experience and wisdom of the saints versus the notions of angels from pop culture, which include universalist, Swedeborgian and pagan, Roman influences. Another is to understand the mysticism of Christians who have had encounters with angels. Yet a final purpose is to understand the effects that angels on society and to pray in harmony with them.
Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael
Readings - Introduction - Prayers - Popes & Prayer to St Michael - San Miguel - Family Activities - Sermon of Pope Saint Gregory - To St. Michael in Time of Peace, Gilbert K. Chesterton -- The Church and the Holy Angels(Michaelmas 2007 Issue) -- Angels and the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist -- by Father Ben Reese (Adoremus site) -- Order Prayer Cards
Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world -- he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
-- Revelation 12:7-9 [RSV]
Angels are not like the other saints on the Church's calendar who were all human beings. Angels are celestial beings created on a higher order than man. They are completely spiritual beings; they have intelligence and will; they are personal and immortal creatures. Angels are the servants and messengers of God -- in fact, this is what the word "angel" means. Several different kinds (or ranks) of angels are mentioned in the Bible: angels, archangels, cherubim, seraphim, thrones, choirs, dominions, principalities, and powers.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (328-336) summarizes the Church's teaching on the nature and office of angels in the hierarchy of God's creation.
The feast of Saint Michael, one of the seven archangels of Scripture, originated in the sixth century. It was known, in English, as "Michaelmas", and this name lives on in a wildflower, a white aster with many small star-like flowers, that blooms in late September, known as the Michaelmas daisy.
Recently two other of the archangels named in scripture, Gabriel and Raphael, are also honored on this day.
Michael the archangel, whose name in Hebrew means "Who is like God?", is revered as the leader of the angelic army who will conquer Satan and his armies of demons, and is considered the defender of the Church. Michael is more often represented in art thank any other angelic being. He is often shown wearing armor, in the act of slaying the great Dragon of the Apocalypse [Satan] in Revelation 12:7-9.
The archangel Gabriel, whose name in Hebrew means "Strength of God", announced the birth of John the Baptist to Zachariah, and soon after, announced to Mary that she was to become the mother of Our Lord. His address to her, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee" (the "angelic salutation") is familiar to all who say the Rosary.
The archangel Raphael, whose name means medic or ointment of God, is mentioned by name in the Old Testament book of Tobit (Tobias), whom the angel aided by healing him of blindness and guiding him on his travels.
The angels that appear in Scripture are never described as having wings. In fact, in several passages, the people who are visited by angels do not realize these messengers from On High are not ordinary men until it is revealed later.
In the Book of Revelation, winged beings who otherwise look like men are described as surrounding the throne of God. Thus, in early paintings angels are shown with wings -- sometimes very colorfully feathered. In medieval paintings, angels are often shown wearing liturgical vestments of deacons. The idea that angels wear white robes comes from the white albs worn by deacons that appear in these paintings. In some paintings, especially of the Nativity of Christ, the angels who adore the infant are clad in elaborate liturgical vestments, including embroidered copes (large capes). But the worshipping angels are never dressed as priests -- Christ alone is the High Priest. The infant Jesus in these paintings is shown with no clothing at all: he is "clothed in his own flesh".
Prayers to the Archangels and a classic child's prayer to a Guardian Angel appear below (The prayer to Saint Michael is given in English, Latin and Spanish).
Pope John Paul II urges revival of the Prayer to Saint Michael
The Prayer to the Archangel Michael was composed by Pope Leo XIII (d. 1903) after he had a vision of the battle between the "Woman clothed with the sun" and the great dragon who tried to devour her child at birth, in the Book of Revelation, chapter 12. In 1886, the pope decreed that this prayer be said at the end of "low" Mass (not "high", or sung Masses) thoughout the universal Church, along with the Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen); and the practice of the congregation praying these prayers at the end of Mass continued until aout 1970.
In 1994, during the International Year of the Family, Pope John Paul II asked all Catholics to pray this prayer daily. He warned that the fate of humanity was in great peril (in particular because of the U.N. Population Conference to be held in Cairo that year). Though he did not order that the prayer be said after Mass, he urged Catholics to pray together to overcome the forces of darkness and evil in the world.
In his Angelus message given in St. Peter's Square, Sunday, April 24 1994, shortly before the United Nations Conference in Cairo, the pope spoke of "the Woman clothed with the sun", who appeared in Saint John's apocalyptic vision, with the dragon about to devour her newborn child (Rev 12:1-4). The Holy Father said that in our time "all the accumulated threats to life" are placed before woman, and we must "address the Woman clothed with the sun" to overcome these snares. In this message he encouraged the revival of the prayer to Saint Michael:
"May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle of which we are told in the Letter to the Ephesians: 'Draw strength from the Lord and from His mighty power' (Ephesians 6:10). It is this same battle to which The Book of Revelation [Apocalypse] refers, recalling before our eyes the image of Saint Michael the Archangel (cf. Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very vivid vision of this scene when, at the end of the last century, he introduced a special prayer to Saint Michael throughout the Church. Even if this prayer is no longer recited at the end of every Mass, I ask everyone to remember it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world."
All those lists and still no personal saving relationship with the living God and the Son that He sent.
Sort of like Congress.
Catholics do have a personal relationship with God. Please study the Sacrament of Baptism, where each soul is saved, through the Sacrament, for Christ alone.
That doesn’t mean that all mankind doesn’t need to live that life of humility and follow Christ daily. We Catholics do that in suffering, in humility, in prayer, in attending Mass, in loving God, in loving our neighbor.
Sure, we all falter, but that is why Christ gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
But this thread was about Angels — so back to angels for me.
St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
Cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
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Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 10 Commandments
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 2 Greatest Commandments
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 3 Evangelical Counsels
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 6 Precepts of the Church-Duties of a Catholic
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: Holy Days of Obligation (English-speaking Countries)
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 3 Powers of the Soul
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 4 Pillars of the Catholic Faith
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 3 Pillars of the Church's Authority
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 3 Munera (Duties of the Ordained)
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 3 Parts of the Church
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 4 Marks of the Church
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 12 Apostles
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 12 Tribes of Israel
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 8 Beatitudes
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 14 Stations of the Cross
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 7 Sorrows (Dolours) and 7 Joys of Our Lady
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 7 Sorrows and 7 Joys of St. Joseph
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: 15  Mysteries of the Holy Rosary & When They Are Prayed
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The Order of Creation
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 9 Choirs of Angels
Thanks that is useful info
I am grateful for the piolite and thoughtful respopnses
usually on these threads I get a lot of vicious answers.
The Marianists are particularly brutal (because I think it is silly that they pray to her because she has an ‘in’ with the big guy)
Catholics don’t pray “to” Mary. We ASK her to intercede for us.
She even asked her Son to intercede for the wedding party at Cana that had run out of wine. So this is the example Catholics follow.
And what did she tell the waiters at the Weddings of Cana? (Her last words in the Bible)
“Do what He says.”
So we follow that too. We do what Christ says.
Ok. that sounds like a plan!
So... let me see if I have this right.
Instead of actualy praying to God, you ASK mary to put in a good word for you? Aren’t their people already ahead of you waiting to talk right to God?
That doesn’t seem fair at all.
But OK. If Mary asked Jesus to make wine then I guess we can should ASK Mary to ask God to let us bump in the head of the line- oops I mean ‘intercede’
The seven sacraments are required to have a shot at eternal life.
That is the error addressed in the book of Galatians.
I don’t think God deals in lines... He’s not the DMV. Which reminds me, I have to go to the DMV soon and they think they’re God.
I’m not sure I agree with the way Salvation characterized Catholic devotional practice where it concerns Mary and the saints. As far as I’m concerned I do pray “to” Mary even if I’m asking for her intercession in the same way I might talk “to” my wife when I ask her to call her mother to babysit the kids.
Beyond that, Catholics do pray to God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
Part of the problem is that Catholics and Protestants understand the word “pray” differently.
I bet you have asked people to pray for you? Right?
Same thing. We ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray for us.
I know for me, I can use all the prayers I can get.