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The highest Choirs of Angels who dwell closest to the Throne of God are the Seraphim, the Cherubim and the Thrones. All these holy angels are pure spirits of contemplation. Their holiness is so intense that the human mind is incapable of comprehending their levels of adoration and participation in the Divinity.
It was during Isaiah’s vision, that we are made aware of the Seraphim angels. Isaiah goes on to describe these attendants or guardians in detail as they appeared in his vision, around the heavenly throne in a double choir and the volume of their chorus, while locked in an eternal song of praise, glory and majesty for the Lord of Heaven. Isaiah also states that the foundation of the temple was shaken by the extreme vocal power of the Seraphim, as they relentlessly sang “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts: All the earth is filled with his glory.” In this vision, mankind gets a glimpse of what the Seraphim looks like, with Isaiah describing them. “When I looked, I saw God resting upon his mighty throne, high and exalted. His long white flowing robes filled the entire sanctuary.
And hovering above the Lord, were the Seraphim angels. Each of these beings had six wings, and with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with the remaining two they flew” (Isaiah 6:2). In this Old Testament passage, Isaiah is clearly referring to the great Temple of Jerusalem, which is also called the First Temple, or Solomon’s Temple, which was built around the time of 960 BC.
Only God can say in what order of importance the angels take. The Seraphim are included in the ranks of the company of angels, in the Celestial Hierarchy spoken of in Hebrews 12:22. Their number is considerable. The title of Seraphim is applied to those angels assigned to God’s altar and they are connected with the holiness of God. These beings also served as agents of purification for Isaiah as he began his prophetic ministry, they relate to sacrifice and cleansing and are associated with fire. They are sometimes referred to as “burning fires of love”. The Hebrew word for Seraphim means a burning that is poisonous (serpent); a seraph or symbol creature (from their copper colour); fiery serpent. One placed a hot coal against Isaiah’s lips with the words, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for” (Isaiah 6:7). Similar to the other types of holy angels, the Seraphim are totally obedient to God.
We should often perform acts of love, and ask Jesus, the King of love through Mary, the Mother of holy love, never to let the sacred fire be extinguished in our souls.
The Seraphim’s love and holiness is so great that it fills all creation in and through God. The intense love of the Seraphim protects the whole cosmos. It spills over and guards the entire world as it pours down through the lower eight Choirs of Angels. Each Seraphim reflects God in a special way, as do all angels. And yet, the Seraphim are angels of the purest and deepest created level of adoration.
All the angels honour Our Blessed Mother as their Queen. The first hierarchy of angels is so high and divinely intimate that no other creature other than Our Lady and St Michael the Archangel has access to these angels directly. Our Blessed Mother The Queen of Angels has direct access to God through Jesus without the use of any angels. St Michael obtained his place through his great victory over the rebellious angels. Those who are able to pray fervently to the level of a burning fire of love for God have their prayer transported by Seraphic angelic communication. Our Blessed Mother sends the Seraphim to gather our prayers and transport them into her holy Immaculate Heart, where her prayer requests are communicated directly to God, through her Son Jesus Christ.
Those who are entrusted by God with extraordinary unique missions for the world may be accompanied by angels of the Seraphic Choir, such as St Faustina. Before the outbreak of World War II St Faustina was accompanied by an invisible Seraphim because of her mission to spread the Divine Mercy Devotion. St Faustina was travelling through Poland with the Seraphim on a train and as she gazed out of the window, she became aware of angels who were poised above each church the train passed.
No evil or harm can penetrate the Seraphim’s coat of amour; they protect the mystery of those who love and do the Will of God. Jesus said to St Faustina, “Speak to the world about My mercy, after it will come the Day of Justice. You will prepare the world for My final coming. Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near.”
We should only worship God, not the angels. We may ask angels for help, protection, and guidance. They are delighted when we call on them for assistance (Colossians 2:18).
Prepared by Noreen Bavister, England