First Article of Creed Continued…..Angels

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 Angels

  As we continue looking at the First Article of the Apostles Creed, “ I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth we will do a basic study on Angels. This is a very popular subject with people of all religions and even no religion, since most people seem to believe in angels existence. Of course we know they do exist and have a very active part in our day to day life. We will take a quick look at what The Church has to say about Angels.

 The word  Angel, actually means “one who is sent” or ” messenger.”  Angels are revealed to us all through Sacred Scripture (Psalm 103:20-21, 148:2, Genesis 48:16, Matt 22:30, Lk1:26,Peter 2:4, Rev 5:11……) and all through Sacred Tradition.

God created angels as pure spirits. They are spiritual beings, non-corporeal : therefore, having no bodies. Each Angel is a person, a subsisting intelligent being with an intellect and a will. Angels are immortal beings, not to be confused with God, who is Eternal. Each Angel  is a completely unique creature of God, naturally superior to man and closer to God in semblance. He is the creator, they are creatures. His knowledge is infinite, angels knowledge is finite. He knows past, present, future….Angels do not know the future unless specially revealed to them by God. Angels , good and bad had choice in the beginning, to either co-operate with Gods will and spend eternity with Him in heaven, or be cast into hell for willful disobedience. We will continue for the next two or three posts on Angels: Good and Bad. Don’t forget to stay in constant contact with your guardian angel. I ask mine to remind me of appointments, to help me remember many things and to help protect me from the world, the devil and myself. I also try and thank him also for the guidance he gives me and all the help he has given me over the years. This is the Guardian Angel prayer, I say it every day when I wake and when I go to bed and also say it to my children and ask their Guardian Angels to watch over them always.

Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God’s love commits me here, Ever this day, be at my side, To light and guard, Rule and guide.

Amen.

“From infancy to death human life is  surrounded by their (the angels) watchful care and  intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united to God.”

– from the Catechism of the Catholic  Church; 336.

in JMJ,   Lee

6 thoughts on “First Article of Creed Continued…..Angels

  1. Byron

    Hello! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward
    to all your posts! Keep up the great work!

     
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  2. Jonathan

    Hi LB enjoying the blog immensely I just wanted to highlight something about the seven archangels we can call Michael, Gabriel,Raphael by name as they are mentioned in the New testament and we know they remained faithful to God. The names of other Angels whilst known are only spoken Of in name in the old testament. We do not pray to them by name because we have no way of knowing for certain which are fallen and which other than the three previously mentioned have remained faithful. So whilst having the best intentions in praying for their intercessionone might be in danger of inadvertently inevoking an evil spirit. This is a common error among New age practitioners and others with whom the angels are popular but misunderstood.God bless you and all your readers

     
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    1. canadiancatechist

      Thanks Jonathan. Yes, very good point about the other un-named Angels. In a text that is not Holy Scripture, but is actually mentioned in Holy Scripture called the Book of Enoch, their are at least 2 more named Angels mentioned, but as you noted, these Angels had indeed, fallen from grace. Good point about the dangers of trying to pray to these other new age type angels, while they may actually exist, they may in fact be fallen angels and only to willing to appear as an angel of light 2 Cor 11:14 ” [14] And no wonder: for Satan himself transformeth himself into an angel of light.”

       
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