Seven Angels Before the Throne of God

The seven “elite” angels form a privileged circle in close proximity to Almighty God in heaven. The Archangel Raphael expressly stated to Tobias that he himself was one of the seven:

 “I am Raphael, one of the seven who stand before the Lord.” –Tobias 12: 15

 

 Father Faber, a British born theologian and hymn writer, refers to this when he sings of St. Raphael:

“He is glorious midst the Angels,
Midst the highest there in Heaven,
Standing almost in the furnace,
Of God’s selected Seven!”

In the Apocalypse, John the Revelator mentions the seven angels:

 “Grace be unto you and peace from Him that is, and that was and that is to come, and from the Seven Spirits which are before the Throne.” –Revelation 1: 4

 

When Luciel (Bearer of Light) rebelled against God and became Lucifer (Prince of Darkness) one entire choir of angels followed him and was lost to heaven. Many angels from other choirs also followed him in his rebellion:

“And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought, and his angels: And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”  –Revelation 12:7-9

 

Seven loyal angels from the second lowest choir, so outraged by the terrible offense to the dignity of God, positioned themselves between the Throne of God and the infernal offenders, prepared to defend the honor and dignity of God. They did this in spite of their inferiority to Lucifer and his legions.

  God was so moved by their heroic love He elevated them, enriching them with many new gifts and graces. So lofty was their new office that they were given the privilege of standing eternally before the Throne of God to carry out the Divine Will.

 The seven now represent the highest Princes of the Heavenly court. Although their most important occupation is the contemplation and praise of the Divine Essence, they are also assigned to special duties. For instance, St. Paul expressly states that they are all “ministering spirits.”

The Abbe Boudon, a prolific French writer of the 17th century, writes that we should invoke these seven “Princes of Paradise” that they may obtain for us the grace to avoid the seven deadly sins and that they may enrich us with the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost.

An ancient belief states that these seven angels actually guard the seven sacred sacraments of the Catholic Church, which some writers describe as “vases of the Precious Blood.” This gives us the consoling image of these seven glorious angels holding aloft these chalices of salvation.

“The Sacraments,” writes the eminent Oratorian, “while they express a most wonderful part of the Divine Mind, seem also to imply the Precious Blood. According to the economy of redemption, the Sacraments form the system by which the Precious Blood traverses the whole Church, gifts it with unity and informs it with supernatural energy and life . . . They are fountains of happiness to all the earth. Who can tell what songs of human goodness are being sung this hour in the ear of God, because of the joyous inspirations of the Sacraments? Out of Himself there is no beauty like it, unless it is the jubilee of the angels.”

It is said that everything in the universe is a source of joy to the holy angels. They have the gift to recognize the accomplishment of that which God has fore-ordained; they know that God derives honor and glory, and the angels rejoice in seeing how He is glorified in all.

This is the secret of true contentment — because we think of ourselves and not of God, that we are troubled and dissatisfied. If only we could take the angelic view, nothing would disturb us and we, too, would always rejoice.

Tradition tells us that these seven angels exult whenever one of the children of men joins their company. They welcome at the threshold of Heaven every soul that enters. The happiness of all derives a fresh jolt of energy from each addition to their choirs and their song of triumph rises louder before the Throne of God.

We should imitate their great-hearted charity and emulate that love which will make us sincerely share the joy and success of our neighbor.

“Yes, in that Heart Divine
the Angels bright
Find, through eternal years,
still new delight.”

10 Responses to “Seven Angels Before the Throne of God”

  1. christina says:

    Wow! This is really cool, Thank you for sharing!
    Angels are really Beautiful!
    God made them all special.
    :)
    And Especially His Children! He Made His Children Fearfully and wonderfully made!
    Wow! Jesus Christ Loves every single one of you!
    Blessings and Protection Always!
    In The Name Of Our Risen Lord Amen!
    God Is In Love with all of You, And Your Always on His mind! :)

  2. michael says:

    have you ever heard anything about “THE SYSTEM OF 7 ARCHANGELS”?

  3. Nick Carlucci III says:

    Magnifigance! As the Angelics before the throne of God.
    Obedience
    Respect
    Reverence
    All for Gods greater glory through “Humility”
    For it is through “Humility” that a soul can truly love God
    And with Fidelity we persevere in that Love and Truth.
    For the virtue of humility is as the “Angelic’s before the throne of God in magnificance.
    God Bless

  4. Carl John Fernandes says:

    Dear God (Daddy)

    I just want to say that I am so renewed body and soul thak you for the lovely gift of angels , I want to see my gurdian angel someday.Help me to stick to the path.Amen

  5. Michele says:

    Beautiful!
    I got more clarity from this article.
    After my brother passed away Michael, I had 7 Angels appear to me. I’ve been searching for more info on this.
    Thank You!
    This explains so much
    Love & Peace
    Many blessings
    Mesha

    • Kevin Stevens says:

      You should read some of the writings of Emmanual Swedenborg….he wrote extensively about angels in the heavens and how earth is the seedbed for heaven…that the Lord God Jesus Christ created us with the desire that we would become transformed by Him into His image and live with him as angels in heaven…..in other words…..every angel in heaven was once a person on earth. may the Lord JesusChrist, true Divine God, bless you abundantly with all spiritual enrichment…. Kevin

  6. vincent says:

    thanx for giving a good knowabout on seven angels with pictures.
    This bring me the angels flying around me while reding the book of Reveleation.
    god may bless your efforts on making such pages.

  7. Teddy says:

    Thanks for the info, I needed more clarification after reading the book of Tobias. It is a very good book which teaches a lot in christian life. Thanks once more.

  8. Broddric says:

    I loved it.Thanks for sharing! I really enjoyed it.

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