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Orders of Angels

What religion or Christian denominations believe in orders and classifications of angels?

What are the orders and classifications?

Where do you find documented evidence of these orders and classifications?

Do you believe it yourself?

I want to know what other people think :-) Angels interest me.


Asked by NovemberLove at 10:58 PM on Jul. 10, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (8)
  • I am not aware of any official doctrine about the heirarchy of angels from the Catholic Church. There's the doctrine that they exist - but not a special heirarchy. However, there's been alot written about angels and it's generally thought of as there being 9 choirs of angels - in order:

    Seraphim = 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.

    Cherubim - 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).

    Thrones - Angels of pure Humility, Peace and Submisssion. They reside in the area of the cosmos where material form begins to take shape.

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:27 PM on Jul. 10, 2009


    Answer by timelessglass at 11:21 PM on Jul. 10, 2009

  • Dominions - Angels of Leadership. They regulate the duties of the angels, making known the commands of God.

    Virtues - 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, stars, moon; even the sun is subject to their command. They are also in charge of miracles and provide courage, grace, and valor.

    Powers - 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.

    Archangels - Generally taken to mean "chief or leading angel" ( Jude 9; 1 Thes 4:16), they are the most frequently mentioned throughout the Bible.

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:30 PM on Jul. 10, 2009

  • Oops forgot biblical references.

    The Powers (Rom 8:38; 1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 1 Pt 3:22; 2 Thes 1:7); Dominions (Eph 1:21; Col 1:16) and Thrones (Col1:16). Archangels (Jude 9; 1 Thes 4:16 Tb 12:6, 15; Jn 5:4; Rv 12:7-9; Dn 9:21-27; Lk 1:11; Lk 1:26; and probably others)

    And on to the rest of the heirarchy:

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:34 PM on Jul. 10, 2009

  • Principalities - 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).

    "Regular" Angels - These angels are closest to the material world and human begins. They deliver the prayers to God and God's answers and other messages to humans. Angels have the capacity to access any and all other Angels at any time. They are the most caring and socius to assist those who ask for help.

    This was referenced from a Catholic website:

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:37 PM on Jul. 10, 2009

  • While I accept the existance of angels - I don't know about the whole heirarchy stuff and I don't really contemplate how many of them fit on the head of a pin;-)

    I do remember reading about angels in Thomas Aquinas' where he addressed the idea of angels with an approach known as Scholasticism (a combination of philosophy and Scripture).  I remember thinking it was interesting at the time - but don't recall much now.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia also has a pretty extensive entry on angels and the sources for the information.

    But like I said - none of this is Catholic dogma. It's theolgoical concepts and ideas and discussions.


    Answer by eringobrough at 11:42 PM on Jul. 10, 2009

  • Thanks Erin!

    Answer by NovemberLove at 12:09 AM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • oops! Thank you too timeless :-)

    Answer by NovemberLove at 2:17 AM on Jul. 19, 2009