Orders of Angels
In Christian tradition, angels ar spiritual beings created by God to help and worship him. There are nine types of angels recognized in Christianity.
- Seraphim The highest order of angels, the seraphim, are responsible for guarding and keeping God's throne. The word seraphim, when literally translated, means 'burning ones'.
- Cherubim They are the guardians of the path to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. The cherubim have four faces (man, ox, lion, eagle), and four wings.
- Thrones The Elders, the Thrones are celestial beings and the living symbols of God's justice and authority.
- Dominions They are celestial beings which are responsible for regulating the duties of the lower classes of angels.
- Virtues They are the angels through which miracles and signs are manifested in the world.
- Powers The primary function of the Powers or 'Authorities' is the ensure the proper movement of the heavenly bodies ensuring the order of the cosmos. They are warrior angels, and in addition to the aforementioned duties they also fight evil, particularly that which might effect matters of the Universe.
- Principalities These are the group of angels which are responsible for guiding nations, tribes of people, and institutions (e.g. churches). The principalities are generally shown wearing a crown and carrying a scepter.
- Archangels There is only one archangel mentioned in the Bible, Michael. But there are three recognized archangels including Gabriel, and Raphael. Michael is the primary being that fights against Satan, and his emissaries, defending God's worshippers.
- Angels Plain angels are the lowest order of celestial beings, and the ones most closely connected with humanity. Angels are the ones who act as guardian angels.