What are the Nine Choirs of Angels?
“Angel” means “messenger” in Greek and is the primary job of angels and does not describe who they are. They are actually spirits and are created by God to serve Him, to act as messengers, and to guard and guide each of us: “For God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91:11) Angels are able to present our prayers directly to God: “The smoke of the incense along with the prayers of the holy ones went up before God from the hand of the angel.” (Revelation 8:4) The concept of the Nine Choirs of Angels comes from the Bible, as there are biblical references for each choir, but it was St. Thomas Aquinas who reflected and philosophized on the scripture references and wrote about the Nine Choirs in his great work, Summa Theologica. He drew on his vast knowledge of philosophy and Scripture to form conclusions on the nature, powers, and ranking of the angels. Following is a short description of each of the nine choirs and their primary purpose in God’s plan.