By Bishop Mettaous
[Intercede on our behalf, O holy Archangels
Raphael and Sourial that He may forgive us our
Raphael: a Hebrew name which means the compassion
of God. He healed Tobiath’s eyes, regaining his money
and helping Tobit his son getting married.
The church celebrates his commemoration on 3 Nesi,
when his church was built and consecrated by Pope
Theophilus the 23rd.
Sourial: a Hebrew name which means the “blower of
God’, the church celebrates him on 27 Tubah, and it is
written: [On this day the church celebrates Archangel
Sourial, who announced the salvation to Adam and saved
Joseph the Righteous from the Egyptian woman.
[Intercede on our behalf holy archangels
Sadakiel, Sarathiel, and Ananiel, that He may
forgive us our sins].
These archangels are chief angels above some other
angels, under the general chief Archangel Michael.
[Intercede on our behalf O Thrones,
Dominions, Powers, the Cherubim and the
Seraphim, that He may forgive us our sins]
These are the names of 5 great ranks of angels, they are
so sublime in their light and power, as well as being so
close to God.
The Thrones: they are the angels forming the glorious
chairs of the Divine Might.
The Dominions: The spirits that have dominions on
people and angels in less ranks.
The Powers: the angels whom God have granted great
powers to perform miracles.
The Cherubim: mean the angels with great knowledge
and wisdom. The singular is Cherub.
The Seraphim: mean the angels blazing with fire. The
singular is Seraph.
The Cherubim are described as ‘full of eyes’ and the
Seraphim ”with wings’, glorifying God without ceasing.
[Intercede on our behalf O four incorporeal
beasts, the ministers fervent as fire, that He may
forgive us our sins]
They are the rank of Thrones, carrying the throne of God,
“Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal.
And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne,
were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in
back.” (Rev. 4:6) also, “And above the firmament over
their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance
like a sapphire stone; on the likenessof the throne was
al ikeness with the appearance of a man high above it.”
The church celebrates their commemoration on 8 Hatour.
[Intercede on our behalf O Priest of the truth,
the twenty four Presbyters, that He may forgive us
These luminous priests are a spiritual rank, surrounding
the Throne of God, interceding for humankind, offering
God the prayers of the saints as incense coming out from
the censers, which they are carrying. Each one of them
has a violin with which he praises the Lord without
ceasing. All the angels and heavenly hosts are standing
around God’s Throne, but these presbyters are sitting on
chairs of light, carrying golden censers, and violins,
bowing and worshipping in front of the True Lamb,
asking forgiveness for human kind.
The church celebrates their commemoration on 24
[Intercede on our behalf O Angelic hosts and all
the Heavenly multitudes before the Lord, that He
may forgive us our sins]
Here, we are asking the intercession of the 9 heavenly
1. The Cherubim
2. The Seraphim
3. The Thrones
4. The Dominions
5. The Multitudes
6. The Authorities
7. The Powers
8. The Archangels
9. The Angels
The 10th rank are the saints who won victory on earth and
after their departure they inherit the Heavenly Kingdom,
being with the heavenly hosts, praising the Lord
continuously as well as interceding on our behalf before
the Throne of Grace.
There are a whole lot of different jobs delegated by God
to these heavenly hosts such as: praying of the depressed
people, serving the saints, guarding the believers,
carrying the souls of the departed, fighting and defeating
the devils, because as it is written in the Holy Bible, “Are
they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for
those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:14)