The angel is a heavenly being, superior to humans, who serves as an attendant and messenger of God, or a guardian for someone on Earth. Angels typically have wings, are delicately beautiful and either glow or are surrounded by halos. Angelology is the study of angels. In 1978, over half the people in the U.S. who were asked, said they believed in angels. Angels are drawn on greeting cards, painted on ceilings and mentioned in one of every top ten songs. Angelfood cake, the California Angels baseball team, and the city of Los Angeles (Spanish for “city of angels” ) all show our fondness for and fascination with angels. Whether you are an “angelologist” or not, you'll want to know all about angels.
Who's Who of Angels
Archangel Gabriel, is described as having 140 pairs of wings!
Archangel Michael is considered the “greatest” of angels, a hero who defeated Satan. Michael takes souls to the “other world.”
Archangel Raphael is the angel of healing who is the friendliest and merriest of all the angels.
Archangel Uriel is the angel of repentance and the angel who warned Noah of the flood. Uriel is also the angel of the month of September.
Lucifer is Satan, once the mightiest Seraphim, now the fallen angel, the Devil.
Angels in Order
There are nine orders, or groups, of angels that surround God. These nine are further divided into groups of three, or triads. The angels in the first triad communicate directly with God, then pass their knowledge on to the second triad, who pass it on to the third triad, who pass it on to human beings. Here is the order of angels, from highest to lowest.
Hell's angels are fallen angels, now the devils and demons of the underworld. One named Zephon planned to set fire to heaven but was cast out before succeeding.
Angel wings, as painted by the great artists, were modeled after large and beautiful birds such as eagles and swans.
Angel music is thought to be the vibration of the universe, the song of creation and life. Angels make music with their voices and by beating their wings.
Angel dress is almost always a long, flowing robe of blue or white with gold belts and gold jewelry.
Angels speak all languages, and always know which ones humans will understand.
Angel fever peaked in the 13th century, when angels were thought to move the stars and govern the planets, seasons, months, days, and hours.
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