The Different Types of Angels
Although all Angels have some similarities, just like people they have many variations. In general there are nine different types or choirs of Angels and they are grouped into three different “celestial spheres”.
The First Sphere contains the Angels that are closest to God and they are the furthest away from humans. They mostly reside in Heaven and rarely make appearances on Earth. The choirs of the first sphere are:
- The Seraphim
- The Cherubim
- The Thrones
The Second Sphere contains God’s governors. These Angels are like the middle managers and bridge the affairs between the upper Angels and the lower classes. The choirs of the second sphere are:
- The Dominions
- The Virtues
- The Powers
The Third Sphere contains God’s messengers. These are the Angels that directly oversee the affairs of the mortal world. The Angels in this sphere deal directly with humans and report to the upper choirs of Angels. The choirs of the third sphere are:
- The Principalities
- The Archangels (not to be confused with the special Archangels like Michael, Gabriel, etc.)
- The Angels (This is the group that contains Guardian Angels)
Although not necessarily a class of Angels, Archangels are special and important Angels. These are God’s most powerful Angels, who carry out special missions and announcements. The four most important Archangels are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel.
In addition to the Holy Angels there are also Fallen Angels. These are the Angels who have been cast out of Heaven for their sins and have turned into demons. The most famous Fallen Angel and their leader is Lucifer. Once he fell he became known as Satan and made it his mission to lead people toward sin and away from God.