Announcements for November 8-14, 2009

Today: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Liturgy, Classes & Special IOCC Benefit Italian Luncheon

Tuesday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday: 6:00 pm Vespers & Choir

Saturday: 5:00 pm Inquirers’ Class; 6:00 pm Vespers; 7:00 pm Friday Fellowship

Sunday: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Liturgy, Classes & Brunch

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The Synaxis of the Chief of the Heavenly Hosts, Archangel Michael (Who is Like God?) and the Other Heavenly Bodiless Powers: Archangels Gabriel (The Man of God), Raphael (The Healing of God), Uriel (The Fire of God), Selaphiel, Jehudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel (the names of the latter four are not found in the Bible) was established at the beginning of the fourth century at the Council of Laodicea, which met mid-4th century. The 35th Canon of the Council of Laodicea condemned and denounced as heretical the worship of angels as gods and rulers of the world, but affirmed their proper veneration. They are mentioned over 250 times in the Bible.

…And of all things, visible and invisible… (Nicene Symbol of Faith) The Bodiless Powers of Heaven (and Below) are spiritual but not supernatural. God alone is super-natural. Angelic (and Demonic) Powers are part of creation and therefore of nature, i.e., “natural.”

The Choirs of the Bodiless Powers of Heaven (According to Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite):

First Choir which has no direct dealings with humans, but are absorbed in unending love and adoration of God:
Seraphim (Isaiah 6:2-6)
Cherubim (Ezekiel 1:10)
Thrones (Colossians 1:16)

Second Choir (which are described as stewards and governors of space, stars, planets):
Dominions (Ephesians 1:21)
Virtues /Authorities (1 Corinthians 15:26)
Powers (Ephesians (1:21)

Third Choir (which have at least some level of interaction with humans and animals):
Principalities (Romans 8:38 & Ephesians 1:21)
Archangels (1 Thessalonians 4:16 & Jude 9)
Angels (passim throughout the Bible)

St. John of Damascus wrote that the angels are intelligent essences in perpetual motion, bodiless, ministering to God, immortal in nature, endowed with free will, having power either to abide or to progress in goodness or to turn towards evil. (Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, Book 2)