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Can you name all the angels?

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Do you know the names of all the angels? It’s a trick question. We only know the names of three angels: Michael, Raphael and Gabriel. Sept. 29 we celebrate the feast of these three archangels.


There may be trillions of angels divided into nine choirs: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels and angels. In this hierarchy, we do not know for certain where Michael, Raphael and Gabriel fit. Some say they are the three of the highest seven seraphim, making them the highest of all the angels. Others claim that they are simply archangels from the second lowest choir.


Regardless, all three are extraordinarily powerful and important in history. St. Michael wars against Satan, St. Raphael healed Tobit of blindness and freed his son and daughter-in-law from demons, and St. Gabriel announced the Incarnation to Mary. The angels are immense in their power to heal us, to protect us, to enlighten us and to guide us. Therefore, we should pray to them often.


Recently I’ve been inspired to pray more frequently to my own guardian angel and those of others after reading “Devotion to the Nine Choirs of Angels” by Father Henri Marie Boudon. This practice increases our awareness that every moment is important because it is under the loving and watchful eye of God and his angels. For the feast day of Sts. Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, let us make a commitment to pray more to them, the nine choirs of angels and our guardian angels. The more we pray to them, the more they can help us.


Connor, who is from Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria, is in his first year of theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018