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Angel of the Day

psPast Life Reading

      Your angels can help you remember your past lives. By understanding the journey that your soul has made, you can help yourself heal from emotional, spiritual, and physical wounds.

Past Life Reading contains:

        Your past; Your path;
        Previous incarnation; Your lessons.

Reading length: approx 11 pages.

Price: $14.90

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Archangel

Archangels Reading

      A complete reading about your life covering a period of a year, between two birthdays. Find out what is out there for you: opportunities, dangers and how to avoid them, how to improve yourself and your relations.

Archangels Reading contains:

      Prevision for a year (between two birthdays)
      Important events of the year
      Message from your Guardian Angel

Reading length: approx 20 pages.

Price: $19.90

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Angel Card

      A divine message form the Angel of the moment. Please wait 5 minutes before asking the next question. Every Angel rules approximately 5 minutes of the day (after 6 hours they repeat). Don’t abuse the Angel Oracle.

How to do it

  1. Clear your mind.
  2. Think about your question.
  3. Click on the picture.

The answer will be revealed for you.

Your Angels

Your Angels

Contains: the Incarnation Angel (with description), the Heart Angel and the Intellect Angel.

Price: $9.95

Love Reading

Love Reading

Contains: your current situation regarding your love life, marriage, hidden things, attitude and future.

Price: $9.95

Career Reading

Job Career Reading

Contains: your current situation, business partnership, your career, attitude and future.

Price: $9.95

Posts Tagged ‘CHRISTIANITY’

CHRISTIANITY

Though only partially indoctrinated into the Christian faith, a belief in angels has been an element of Christianity since its beginning. Long before Christ (1000-600 B.c.), the prophet Zoroaster, or Zarathustra, transformed the ancient Babylonian and Assyrian winged messengers into archangels. Zoroaster developed a monotheistic religion based on concepts of good and evil, the foundation of which was a supreme God who radiated seven holy archangels representing seven fundamental moral ideas. When the Jews were exiled from Babylon they took with them Zoroastrianism, the official religion of King Darius I of Persia, who helped them rebuild their temple in 519 B.C. Thus the Zarathustrian lore on angels was incorporated into Judaism.

Centuries later, when members of the Jewish faith professed their belief in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Savior, they brought with them to the new Christianity the Zarathustrian-influenced angelology of early Judaic writings from the books of Daniel, Enoch, and Tobit. (Angels are also mentioned many times in the biblical Old Testament, but no hierarchy or philosophy regarding their nature is laid down.) In the new faith angels were considered servants of Christ and the Church, supplementing their former role as guardians of Israel.

In Christianity angels were appointed to preside over baptism and repentance. The archangel Michael-who, in the Book of Enoch, leads the angelic troops that defeat the rebellious archangel Lucifer and his followers and cast them into hell-was given charge over prayers and supplications. The angels were also believed to be capable of bringing humans to salvation by serving as models of the pure and unending worship of God and Christ. As Christians turned from involvement with earthly values, they hoped to move ever toward the angelic life, claiming a promise to become as the angels in heaven after the Resurrection (Luke 20:36; Matt. 22:30; Mark 12:25). St. Augustine of Hippo wrote (ca. A.D. 400): “The angels have care of us poor pilgrims; they have compassion on us and at God’s command they hasten to our aid, so that we, too, may eventually arrive at our common fatherland.”

Early Christians further believed that angels joined them in taking part in the Divine Service; that they helped celebrate feasts of Christendom on earth; that they carried men’s prayers before God and watched over Christians from heaven; and that they would lead the souls of men to the next world at death. Indeed, angels were believed to serve man at God’s request: “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone” (Ps. 91:11-12). Martin Luther, in Table Talk (ca. 1510), affirms, “An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body, for the service of Christendom and the church.”

Angelic Cult

Early church fathers struggled with the question of whether, and to what degree, angels should be a part of Christian doctrine. St. Paul did not favor the veneration of angels, yet in A.D. 325 the Council of Nicaea decreed that faith in angels was part of Church dogma. Just eighteen years later, at the Synod of Laodicaea, the cult (veneration, devotion, honor) of angels was declared idolatrous. Four and a half centuries later, in 787, the Seventh Ecumenical Synod reestablished the cult of angels, with certain limitations.

Angelic cult was most widespread during the Middle Ages, beginning in the West with St. Benedict (543) and moving into the time of Pope Gregory the Great (ca. 590). Current concepts of angels blossomed with St. Bernard of Clairvaux (d. 1153). In 1259 St. Thomas Aquinas, known as the “Angelic Doctor,” gave a series of lectures on angels at the University of Paris. Those fifteen discourses over a period of a week were written down and formed the foundation of Christian ideas about angels for the next eight hundred years. Throughout the Scholastic period (thirteenth through seventeenth centuries) theologians studied the nature of angels, and angelic devotion continued to grow-especially among Dominican, Franciscan, and Jesuit orders.

By the end of the Renaissance, interest in angels was waning as science moved into the forefront of thought. Martin Luther (1483-1546) still relied on angels as his guides, but the Protestant John Calvin (1509-64) considered speculation about angels a waste of time. It was around this time, however, that Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) developed his monumental works on angels, supposedly received clairvoyantly from the heavenly beings themselves. Among them are Heaven and Hell and Angelic Wisdom: Concerning Divine Love and Wisdom. Swedenborg greatly influenced the poet William Blake, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and the nineteenth-century philosopher Rudolf Steiner, among others.

The Catholic Church now teaches as part of its dogma that before he created the earth God created a kingdom of invisible spirits-the angels-who are personal beings and not more powers, and that, while many angels have been named through the centuries, the only names that may be used in angelic cult are the two occurring in the Bible, Michael and Gabriel, and Raphael, who appears in the apocryphal Book of Tobit. (A fourth angel, Uriel, “God is my light,” is named in the apocryphal book 2 Esdras.) Masses and prayers in honor of the three archangels have become an integral part of the Catholic Church; suppliants invoke the angels in the prayer in the Communion of the Sick, in the burial service of adults, in the blessing of homes; and in the Litany of All Saints and novenas. Among the Orthodox churches, the three archangels are honored in Liturgy (Mass and Divine Office) and in observance of special feasts.

There is never a question, though, that Jesus Christ is superior to angels; while angels are revered as God’s messengers and helpers, as those who are allowed to be ever in his presence, they are not to be worshipped by Christians. St. Augustine is credited with putting the veneration of angels in its proper perspective: “. . . we honor them out of charity, not out of servitude” (De vera religiose 55.110; PL 34:170).

The Archangels

Central to Christianity are the biblical appearances of the archangel Gabriel (whose name means “strength of God”) to the Virgin Mary to tell her she will conceive and give birth to Jesus (Luke 1:26-32). (The Blessed Virgin herself is now considered to be one of the highest angels, sitting at the throne of God and accompanied by the baby angels, or cherubs.) Gabriel’s words to Mary, “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women,” became one of the most prominent prayers in Catholicism. Gabriel also appears to Zacharias to announce that his son will be called John the Baptist (Luke 1:11-19). An angel believed to be Gabriel tells the shepherds by night of the Savior’s birth at Bethlehem (Luke 2:8-11). He is also considered by the Catholic Church to be the angel who comforted Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. Catholics celebrate the Feast of St. Gabriel on March 24.

The archangel Raphael’s guidance of young Tobias on his long and dangerous journey in the Book of Tobit plants the seed for the concept of guardian angels. Raphael is said to be one of the seven angels that stand before the throne of God. He is also known as the angelic physician-his name means “medicine of God”-since he restored health to Tobias and gave his aged father back his sight by instructing Tobias in using the entrails of fish as medicine. Raphael is called upon today to protect travelers and to heal the sick. Many claim that he makes hospital visits. The Feast of St. Raphael is celebrated by Catholics on May 18.

It is the archangel Michael (known as St. Michael in the Catholic Church), however, who has received the most attention by Christians. Michael, whose name means “like God,” is considered the leader of the angels, and is generally thought to be the angel who appeared to Moses in the burning bush on Mount Sinai. St. Thomas Aquinas said Michael defeated Satan in the Battle of Heaven, and will defeat the Antichrist at the Apocalypse. Michael and other angels have appeared to the saints for many centuries. Joan of Arc declared that Michael was the young warlike angel who appeared to her and announced her mission to save France. He was the only individual angel honored in liturgical feasts before the ninth century, and devotion to this powerful angel was evidenced by the fourth century in the churches in and near Constantinople. The Feast of St. Michael and the Angels was celebrated as early as the fifth century near Rome. Michael is said to have appeared at Monte Gargano (near Foggia, Italy) around the year 490, and at Mont-Saint-Michel (Manche, France) in the year 708. St. Michael is still honored at those sanctuaries today. The Archonfraternity of St. Michael Archangel was erected by Pope Leo XIII in 1878. In modern times, Michael has been considered the patron saint of Germany, as well as of grocers, sailors, soldiers, and policemen. He is honored on Michaelmas, September 29 in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, and November 8 in the Greek, Armenian, and Coptic churches.

The Evil Angels

As fervently as God’s good angels are revered in Christianity, so the evil angels are feared and despised. Catholicism teaches that the devil (Satan) and the demons were angels who were created virtuous by God but fell from grace by their own will, though the church does not say how they so grievously sinned. In the summer of 1986, however, Pope John Paul II said, “The fall consists in the free choice of those spirits who were created, and who radically and irrevocably denied God and His kingdom, usurping His sovereign rights and attempting to subvert the economy of salvation and the very ordering of the entire creation…. Thus the evil spirit tried to plant in human beings the seed of rivalry, insubordination, and opposition to God….”

Other accounts of the fall of Satan and his followers say it was Satan’s pride in his own greatness and jealousy of God’s new creation, man, that brought about the Battle of Heaven and the evil angels’ fall from grace into eternal damnation. Most Christian churches today teach that Satan is a very real presence in the word, ever seeking to turn man from God through endless temptation to sin. His threat is as great to the Christian as the guardian angel’s protection is a comfort. In fact, says modern evangelist Billy Graham, people today are far more obsessed with evil, especially with the occult and devil worship, than they are with good. He wrote his book Angels: God’s Secret Agents in 1975 to try and counter the fascination with evil and to offer hope, comfort, and guidance to world-weary modern man.

The Order and Nature of Angels

Various theories about the way the angels are ordered in heaven, their numbers, their appearance, and so forth have been postulated throughout history. Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite, a Syrian who lived about A.D. 500 and was for centuries erroneously believed to be the same Dionysius converted by St. Paul at Athens (Acts 17:34), developed the best-known hierarchy of angels in his book The Celestial Hierarchy. His hierarchy consists of nine choirs of angels divided into three triads. In descending order they are: seraphim, cherubim, thrones; dominions, virtues, and powers; and principalities, archangels, and angels. Others to develop angelic orders were Pope Gregory the Great, the poet Dante, Saint Ambrose (fourth-century bishop), and Clement of Alexandria. Judaic and apocryphal writings, including the Sibylline Oracles and the “Shepherd of Hermes,” also contain theories about the orders of angels. Modern writer Sophy Burnham, in A Book of Angels, says all of this speculation shows “only that we know nothing whatsoever about angels and cannot hope to.” She further adds, “We do not know what angels are or whether they stand in hierarchies in the skies. Nor whether they are assigned their duties according to seniority. We know nothing of this other realm, except that we are given brief, fleeting glimpses in our hearts.”

What about the nature of angels? Most Christian sources say they beings of pure spirit and light, emanating a love that is far beyond human experience. In his 1986 speech Pope John Paul II said angels are “free and rational purely spiritual beings” and “the truth about angels is inseparable from the central revelation, which is the existence, majesty and glory of God that shines over the whole visible and invisible creation.” Further, the pope said angels are “creatures of a spiritual nature, gifted with intellect and free will, superior to man.”

The Catholic Saint Bridget (ca. 1303-73), who experienced many heavenly visions, said if a person should see an angel in all his beauty the mortal would be so ravished with delight that he would die of love.

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