Dominations, Lords, and Lordships
The “Dominions” (Latin dominatio, plural dominationes, also translated from the Greek term kyriotites as “Lordships”) are presented as the hierarchy of celestial beings “Lordships” in the De Coelesti Hierarchia. The name Dominions is derived from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. These angels are also known as the Lords and it is through them that God’s majesty is revealed.
Powers, Virtues and Dominations are known as the “angels of creation” because they concern themselves with the ordering of the universe and a plurality of causes Dominations are angels of leadership and hold the highest place among the angels of the second hierarchy.
They resemble the principalities in this, they not only hold the highest place in the lowest hierarchy, but have precedence over angels and archangels, with authority to direct and regulate them, making known the commands of God. Their names reflect the mystery which surrounds their nature and their functions. Their job is to assign duties and missions to the angels of the lower spheres and to maintain the cosmic order. They are occupied by their concern for the interests of God and with any functions having for their end the government of the world or of the human race; they exercise a high control over the ministry of the lower angels directing them in the discharge of their offices to do the will of God.
Bless the Lord, all ye his angels: you that are mighty in strength, and execute his word, hearkening to the voice of his behests. Bless the Lord, all ye his hosts: you ministers of his that do his will. (Psalms 102:20-21)
Dominions also teach us that only those who serve God are fit to rule others. Obedience is a necessary qualification; we must learn to obey before we can rule others. For in Him [that is, in Christ] were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and in him. (Colossians 1:16).
Dominions are believed to look like divinely beautiful humans with a pair of feathered wings, much like the common representation of angels, but they may be distinguished from other groups by wielding orbs of light fastened to the heads of their scepters or on the pommel of their swords.
Before we were formed in the womb and held in the palm of His hand God knew us and named us. Raising Him up from the dead, and setting him on his right hand in the heavenly places, above all principality, and power, and virtue, and dominion, and every name that is named not onlyin this world, but also in that which is to come.
Being supreme angels over all the lower choirs of angels, they have a great zeal for the Divine glory that distinguishes them. Dominions also serve as channels of mercy and are ever ready to fly to the ends of the world to execute God’s orders. The Chaplet of St Michael is a wonderful way to honour this great Archangel along with the Dominions and the other eight Choirs of Angels:
By the intercession of St Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions. Amen.
St Michael promised that whoever would practice this devotion in his honour would have, when approaching Holy Communion, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for those who would recite the Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life.
Dominions are mentioned many times in the Bible and they show us they truly are leaders and messengers of the Lord. These angels stand before God, eager to catch the sound of His voice, and at the least expression of His will, they hasten to fulfil it. Let us be likeangels: to do good and serve God.
Prepared by Noreen Bavister, UK