BAPTIZED BY AN ANGEL
and Pachomius were quickly eating a little bread soaked in water on their
way to another monastery where a brother catechumen (one preparing for
baptism) was dying.
awaiting for their bread to soften, fear came to them when they saw an angel
standing before them in shining light and, holding out his hand to them, the
angel said, "Give me your sweet smelling prayers that I may
bring them before the Lord."
and Pachomius bowed down to the ground and prayed unceasingly for the dying
brother catechumen that they may see him before he died. They they went on
arrived, the superior told Pachomius, "He has been sick for two days.
We could not bring him to town for baptism lest he die on the way."
you not baptize him here?"
have no priest."
spoke, Pachomius and Theodore saw angels coming to fetch the soul of the
dying brother catechumen. But before he passed away, an angel secretly
Pachomius: Koinonia I. G. 92
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apparitions abound both in the Old and New Testaments. Their role, however,
gravitates around the first and second coming of Christ, thus, the two
angels who appeared with Christ during His Ascension emphasized this.
their very name, connote a messenger; the Archangels are chief messengers.
If we must
believe Scriptures, man was created just to fill up the spaces in heaven
lost by the rebellious angels. Is that how many angels fell? Well, very few
men go to heaven.
If we must
fill up the spaces left behind by the rebellious, then we must resemble
those with whom we shall sit side by side.
Now, let's see how man and the 9 different choirs of angels work hand in
hand for the benefit of the Church.
souls who know little Divine truths but teach this little well are aided by angels.
know the higher heavenly doctrines and teach them to others are helped by archangels.
perform great tasks for the Church are aided by virtues.
can expel the devil that possesses others are aided by powers.
saints that support the pillar of the Church are aided by principalities.
because of his great and unique role in God's plan, was aided by a dominion.
souls who are constantly examining themselves and holding fast to the fear
of the Lord, like the hermits, thus making them competent to judge others,
are aided by thrones.
filled with the love of God and neighbor are inspired by cherubims.
inflamed with he love of God so that they inflame others are aided by seraphims.
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'angel' denotes a function rather than a nature. Angels are spirits but they
can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Those who deliver
messages of lesser importance are called angels; while those who proclaim
messages of supreme importance are called archangels.
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Those who are
in the first rank, and have, as it were, wings on their breasts and carry
before them faces like the faces of men, in which the countenances of
men appear as in pure water--these are angels, expanding the desires of a
profound intellect like wings, not that they have wings like birds, but that
they perform the will of God quickly in their desires, as a man flies
quickly in his thoughts.
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Angel came and asked me what was the matter; I asked him to stay with me all
night, and he said, "But I must sleep." "No," I replied,
"The angels of Jesus do not sleep." "Nevertheless,," he
rejoined, smiling, "I ought to rest. Where shall you put me?" I
begged him to remain near me. I went to bed; after that he seemed to spread
his wings and come over my head. In the morning, he was still there.