As we strive to become women of God, its important to connect with his messengers, the angels. You can CONNECT WITH THE CHOIRS OF ANGELS by praying through them to God for specific intentions:
- When you need to feel the love of God, connect with the Seraphim
- When you need an insight into the wisdom of God, connect with the Cherubim
- When you need to peacefully submit to the will of God, connect with the Thrones
- When you need to know the will of God, connect with the Dominions
- When you need help carrying out the will of God, connect with the Virtues
- When you need help removing obstacles keeping you from doing the will of God, connect with the Powers
- When your nation and its leaders need protection and guidance, connect with the Principalities
- When you or a loved one need special intercessions and protection, connect with the Archangels
- Finally, when you or a loved one need guidance in daily life, connect with the Angels, and, specifically, your Guardian Angel
Prayer Invoking to the Choirs of Angels
O Holy Angels, watch over us at all times during this perilous life: O holy Archangels, be our guides on the way to heaven; O heavenly choir of the Principalities, govern us in soul and body; O mighty Powers, preserve us against the wiles of the demons; O celestial Virtues, give us strength and courage in the battle of life; O powerful Dominions obtain for us dominion over the rebellion of our flesh; O sacred Thrones, grant us peace with God and man; O brilliant Cherubim, illuminate our minds with heavenly knowledge; O burning Seraphim, enkindle in our hearts the fire of charity.
Listen to the beautiful Cherubic Hymn chanted during the Byzantine Divine Liturgy
“We, who mystically represent the Cherubim, And chant the thrice-holy hymn to the Life-giving Trinity. Let us set aside the cares of life that we may receive the King of all, Who comes invisibly escorted by the Divine Hosts.”
Reginald Herber’s hymn Holy Holy Holy is also beautiful: “Cherumbim and Seraphim falling down before Thee, Who wert, and art, and ever shall be.”
Continue reading to learn more about each Choir of Angels…
The word angel means “messenger.” God’s messenger’s are organized into several orders, aka Angelic Choirs. The most influential of these classifications was that put forward by pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite in the fourth or fifth century in his book The Celestial Hierarchy.
This icon depicts the Angelic Choirs
THE FIRST HIERARCHY OF ANGELS is made up of the Seraphim, the Cherubim, and the Thrones. The Seraphim make up of the first choir of angels, and they are known to express the love of God. They guard the Holy Throne of God in Heaven. The Cherubim make up the second choir of angels; they express the wisdom of God. They guard the Holy Throne of God on Earth, i.e. the tabernacles in all the various parishes. The Thrones make up the third choir of angels and they express the peace of God. They are called the “God-bearing thrones” since God “sits” on them. They are intellectual thrones, as writes St. Maximus the Confessor, and God intellectually resides on them.
This icon depicts Mary and Jesus between the Seraphim and the Cherubim
THE SECOND HIERARCHY OF ANGELS is made up of the Dominions, the Virtues and the Powers. The Dominions assert the will of God, while the Virtues carry out the orders. If any obstacles present themselves then the Powers step in to block them out. A football analogy might help to imagine all of this: the Dominions are like the coaches, yelling out instructions; the Virtues are like the running backs (they run with the football); and the Powers are like the fullbacks (they tackle anyone who is in the way of the running back).
THE THIRD HIERARCHY OF ANGELS is made up of the Principalities, the Archangels, and the Angels. The Principalities make up the seventh choir of angels, and they are known to protect towns, cities, nations and their leaders. The Archangels make up the eighth choir of angels and are known to make intercessions in times of great need. Finally, there are the Angels, including those life-long companions who inspire us to do good and avoid evil.
This hymn to the Theotokos is worth meditating on. You can listen HERE and read the words below:
It is truly meet to bless you, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, without defilement you gave birth to God the Word. True Theotokos we magnify you!