Angels are the most famous and fascinating celestial beings forever.If there is a Hell and its demons, there is a Heaven and angels. They are present in all religions and even in the mythologies, the angel from the Greek word angelos meaning messenger. Indeed, in ancient times one can find an angel in the person of the messenger god Hermes in Greek mythology, which has provided similar sandals wings of angels.In Christianity, they appear in the Old Testament, whether in Genesis, Abraham and Jacob. then we find in the Bible a messenger angel in the person of Gabriel and a legion of angels in the Apocalypse. They are numerous and classified in a specific hierarchy. The first order consists of the Seraphim (the six wings) led by Metatron, the cherubim (winged babies) led by Ophaniel and Thrones (choirs). The second order is made up of the Dominions (performers of heaven led by the archangel Tsadkiel) Virtues (led by the Archangel Raphael), Powers (led by the Archangel Camael), the Principalities (guardian angels led by archangel Haniel), Archangels and Angels.Judaism, they are called the malach and eternal one distinguishes always present and those created at some point.In the Qur’an, called the mala’ika (malak in the singular) and we often speak of them because they will have an important place. Six of them are the most important: Gabriel (or Jibril) the messenger. Mikael (Michael or Michael) charged rain and vegetation but also the Last Judgment,Raphael (or Israfil), one breath three times into the trumpet to announce the Resurrection. Izra’il (or Azrael), the angel of death in charge of removing the soul from the body.Ridwan (Ridouane, Radwane or Ridohan), the guardian of Paradise.Malik, the guardian of the underworld who never smiles.
Do angels exist?
Soon we will celebrate the angels and archangels. What is an angel? Are there good and bad angels? The response of Father Franck Javary, parish priest of the Sainte Geneviève cathedral in Nanterre.
Are angels real beings?
The Church believes it. We say in the Creed that God is the creator of the visible and invisible universe. In this invisible universe are the angels of which the Scripture speaks, of which Christ speaks, as well as the whole tradition of the Church.
They are invisible beings, and created, like us?
They are creatures, noncorporeal spiritual beings, says the catechism, who do not have the same mode of existence as we do. Without bodies, they have a purely spiritual mode of existence, which means that they have a much more direct relationship than we do with God. They can see and contemplate God, they can also reject it. They are in immediate and direct contact with their creator, which is not our case.
Is there a hierarchy of angels?
The Scripture speaks of different categories of angels. I think, above all, we must retain the idea of an abundance, a diversity, in the image of the profusion that we know on earth, and which is a sign of the goodness and generosity of the Lord. In the Christian tradition, we liked to list nine categories of angels. All this remains far beyond our perception, but we can retain the idea of a differentiation, with angels, archangels, cherubims, seraphims, and so on. Which shows the benevolence and generosity of God when he creates.
We talked about good and bad angels. Are there any battles between them?
Being a spiritual being created by God, the angel is capable of freedom. Like us, angels are free to follow God or not, obey or disobey Him. The Christian tradition believes in the existence of angels who have rejected the Lord, and who by this choice have become evil. And at the head of these angels, we speak of Satan.
These angels, good and bad, what is their role? Do they have anything to do with us?
The word “angel” means a function: sent, messenger. We recognize at first a very beautiful reality, that they adore the face of God, the good angels in any case. Their joy is to contemplate God, to sing his glory. At Mass, we sing with the chorus of angels: “Holy, holy, holy the Lord.” And then they are messengers for us. In special circumstances, God instructs them to carry messages. We are of course thinking of the angel Gabriel, who carried the message of the Incarnation.