The Earthly Angels
Purity, Holiness and Abstaining from sin:
That is why we say in the Divine Liturgy Prayer
"The Holy Angels" we don't say "the Sanctified". The
word "Holy" is more correct…
Truly, Angels had gone through a trial time
period. Satan with his followers fell and were hence
called the evil Angels. But the rest of the Angels
whom didn't fall are the righteous Angels. That is why
in the Book of Revelation we read "And war broke out
in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the
dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but
they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them
in heaven any longer…" (Rv12:7, 8).
Strength and Obedience are other Attributes
As David the Prophet says about them in
(Ps103:20) "Bless the Lord, you His angels,
who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the
voice of His word".
One Angel killed, in the camp of Sennacherib, one
hundred and eighty-five thousand (2Kgs19:35). And
in another time, two Angels struck the men of Sodom
with blindness (Gn19). And another Angel struck
Herod the King, he was eaten by worms and died
Angels are characterized by possessing strength,
by immediate obeying as well, as David says "Who do
His word Heeding the voice of His word" which means
immediately upon hearing His voice. Obedience
without slowing, unhesitating, without arguing
whether it concerns a mission of blessing or a
punishment mission. That is why in our prayers we
say to God "Thy will be done as in Heaven so in
earth" which means as it is done in heaven, let it be
as well done on earth...
Another Attribute of Angels is Beauty:
And so it was said about them sometimes that
they are angels of light (2Cor11:14).
It was also said about Stephen, the First of all
Deacons, during his judicial trial "And all who sat in
the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face
as the face of an angel"(Acts6:15).
Praising God is one of the Angels' Attributes,
and others are characterized By Ministering:
As to serving, there is the Seraphim whom are
standing in front of the Throne saying" Holy, holy,
holy is the Lord of hosts"(Is6).
For that reason, when we speak about Monks who
are devoted to worshipping, we say that they are "in
the Rite of the Seraphim" which means that they are
praising the Lord.
There are also Angels for the service, those whom
the Apostle said about them in (Heb1:14) " Are they
not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for
those who will inherit salvation?" so there are Angels
who are devoted for the ministry.
When we talk now about Monks as being Earthly
Angels, we say that they have two kinds of Angels:
some are for praising, and others are for ministering.
_Angels of Ministry _
Those, they do righteousness and we call
some of them "Angels of mercy".
One example is the Angel who brought food and
drink to Elijah (1Kgs19:5-7), and told him Arise
and eat, because the journey is too great for you.
And the Angel who saved Lot and his two
daughters from the fire of Sodom (Gn19).
Another Angel got Peter the Apostle out of prison
(Acts12). And an Angel saved Paul the Apostle
from prison (Acts16). Also another Angel got the
Apostles out of prison (Acts5:19).
An Angel shut the lions' mouths so that they
won't hurt Daniel the Prophet (Dn6).
There are Angels for Annunciation, as the Angels
of the Resurrection. Angel Gabriel brought the
good news to Zacharias the Priest, the birth of his
son John, and annunciated Virgin Mary of the
birth of her son who is Jesus Christ (Lk1).
An Angel appeared to Cornelius the centurion"
Your prayers and your alms have come up for a
memorial before God. Now send men to Joppa,
and send for Simon whose surname is Peter... He
will tell you what you must do"(Lk10).
Also an Angel was explaining to John what has
been mentioned in the book of Revelation. In this
same book it was mentioned at its beginning that
it is a revelation sent by God " and signified it by
His angel to His servant John" (Rv1:1).
One of the marvelous things is that even in social
affaires, when Fr. Abraham sent his servant
Lazarus of Damascus to take a wife for his son
Isaac, he said to him then "God will send His
angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my
There are Angels for preservation. As mentioned
in (Ps91:11, 12) "For He shall give His angels
charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In
their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash
your foot against a stone".
There is as well a wonderful thing in the story of
the rich man and Lazarus, it is mentioned in
(Lk16:22) "So it was that the beggar died, and
was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom".
So the Angels carry the souls of the Saints. There
isn't any "Angel of death" who carries souls.
There are Other Angels for Many Other Jobs:
For instance: there is an Angel for delivering a
message, as the Angel who warned the Wise Men
from the East in a dream that they should not return
to Herod, so they departed for their own country
another way (Mt2:12).
Another Angel appeared to Hagar and told her
"Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under
her hand" (Gn16:9).
Of the Earthly Angels, There are Humans
who were Called as Angels:
As when God said about John the Baptist "Behold,
I send my messenger before your face, who will
prepare your way before You" (Mk1:2). And it was
also mentioned about the Bishops who are the
Ministers of the seven churches in Asia:" the angels of
the seven churches" (Rv1:20).
_Monks are Earthly Angels_
Monks resemble Angels, whether in regard to
Praising, Service or ministering. They also resemble
them in their righteous deeds as Rescuing,
Annunciation of good news, and paving ways
somehow in front of people as explaining those roads
to them. Preserving people in all their ways, they
resemble Angels in their Purity, Holiness and
As we say in the Prayers of Agpeya the book of
hours "Surround us by your holy angels, that, by their
camp, we may be guarded and guided". That is what
Angels of Heaven do…and so we see it in the work of
Ministers (The Earthly Angels), they preserve people
in the paths of the Lord "resembling His Angels".
Monks who are specified for Praising, they are
devoted for continuous praising following God's
commandment (Lk18:1). They resemble Angels in
Even the Ministers, the Bishops of some Cities, as
was said about Bishop Abraam the reposed Saint of
Fayoum : that when he used to pray Psalm 50 loudly,
some of the people surrounding him on listening said
that, it took him around two hours praying this Psalm.
As his prayer was with contemplation and deep
understanding, not like the prayers of those who care
for how long a prayer takes not how deep it is…
It was also said about St. Arsanious the teacher
of the Kings' sons that he used to be quiet. so one
of the Fathers asked him: “why don't you talk
with us Father?" and the Saint answered "God
knows that I love you, but I can't talk to god and
people at the same time".
So, those Earthly Angels, when they used to be
silent, they not only did that for the sake of refraining
from falling into conversations' sins, but also because
talking to people kept them apart from talking with
Believe me, even those who are in the Rite
of the Seraphim, they don't stop ministering:
In Chapter 6 of Isaiah Prophet's Book, the
Seraphim were praising God saying Holy, Holy Holy.
Isaiah cried out and said: "Woe is me, for I am
undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I
dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips". So one
of the Seraphim couldn't bear Isaiah's words "Woe is
me, for I am undone" and Isaiah says:
"Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in
his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs
from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and
said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your
iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged" (Is6:6,
And so, those who are in the Rite of the Seraphim
if they are called for a chance to Minister, they hurry
to it, as the word "Then one of the seraphim flew to
_Your Job as an Earthly Angel_
You are not demanded to be a Monk, you can
resemble Angels in some of other characteristics:
Undoubtedly, Josef the Righteous was an Earthly
Angel. When his master's wife asked him to
commit sin with her, he raised himself apart from
that physical level and said "How then can I do
this great wickedness, and sin against God"
Also David the Prophet whom was disturbed by
King Saul who chased him from one wilderness to
another trying, by any means, to kill him. when
Saul was in David's hands and when David's men
urged him to kill Saul, David refused and said "
The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my
master, the Lord's anointed, to stretch out my
hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the
Lord" (1Sm24:6). By that, he elevated himself
apart from the level of revenge. And he didn't
harm his enemy.
The same goes for David when he wept over
Absalom. Though Absalom betrayed him and
didn't respect his fatherhood when he fought him
with an army in order to kill him and also slept
with his concubines. In spite of all that, David
wept and said " O my son Absalom--my son, my
son Absalom--if only I had died in your place!"
St Abraam, He resembled the Angels in His
sympathy with the poor. And so did, to some
extent, the reposed Bishop Sarabamoon Abu
Tarha of Menofeya.
And you, if you couldn't resemble the Angels in
their Praising and continuous Prayer, and if you
couldn't resemble them in their brightness and their
miraculous strength; so try to imitate them in
rescuing people, in Annunciating good news and in
paving roads for people to reach God.
And then you will be like the Earthly Angels.
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