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Published 7-19-06
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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
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    In this story from Genesis 18,
    Abraham is unaware that he is
    entertaining angels...

    And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains
    of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day.
    And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him.
    And when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door,
    and bowed himself toward the ground and said,

    "My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, pass not away,
    I pray you, from your servant. Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched,
    and wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree; and I will fetch a
    morsel of bread and comfort you your hearts. After that you shall pass on,
    for therefore are you come to your servant." And they said,
    "So do, as you have said."    

    And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said,
    "Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal,
    knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth."
    And Abraham ran unto the herd and fetched a calf, tender and good,
    and gave it unto a young man, and he hastened to dress it.    
    And he took butter and milk and the calf which he had dressed,
    and set it before them; and he stood by them under the
    tree, and they ate.    

Hierarchy of the Angels
according to the writings of
Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite,
in his book of the 4th or 5th century entitled,
The Celestial Hierarchy.

First Sphere: heavenly counselors, probably all of equal rank

Seraphim: Caretakers of God's throne, who continuously sing His praise.
(Mentioned in Isaiah 6)
Cherubim: Guardians of light and the stars. They are described as having
four or six wings and have perfect knowledge of God.
(Mentioned in Genesis 3, Ezekiel 10 and 1 Kings 6)
Thrones: Orphanim, angelic beings shaped like shiny orbs, who carry the throne of God.
(Described in Ezekiel 10:17)

Second Sphere: Heavenly governors

Dominions: Hashmallim, holding the task of regulating duties of lower angels.
They rarely make themselves known to humans.
Virtues: Fortresses or Strongholds, they oversee groups of humans and
inspire humanity in many areas, such as art and science.
Powers: Angelic beings shaped like brightly colored fumes.
They are the keepers of conscience and history. They oversee the
distribution of power among mankind. Birth and death are Powers.
Rulers & Authorities: Two types of angels. Rulers develop ideologies,
while Authorities write doctrines.

Third Sphere: Heavenly messengers

Principalities: Angelic beings shaped like rays of light.
The are guardians of nations and countries. One of their duties is to choose human rulers.
Archangels: Angels who are given tasks of great importance to mankind;
they tend to areas of human endeavor. It is thought that Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel
may be archangels and seraphim or cherubim at the same time.
Lucifer is thought to have been an archangel before his fall.
Angels: The lowest order of angels, but the most familiar to mankind.
There are thought to be many kinds of these angels, with different functions.


The Last Word:

This world, after all our science and sciences,
is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical
and more, to whosoever will think of it.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Scottish writer and historian


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