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The virtues represent unshaken fortitude in the cause of God.
The second order of angels is composed of the Choirs of the Dominations, Powers and Virtues. This order of angels is charged with governing and ordering the laws of the created universe.
“Virtues” or “Strongholds” lie beyond the (Thrones/ Wheels). Their primary duty is to supervise the movements of the heavenly bodies in order to ensure that the cosmos remains in order. In Ephesians 1:21, which is also translated as “virtue”. They are presented as the celestial Choir “virtues”, in the Summa Theologica. Virtues represent unshaken fortitude in the cause of God.
Virtues are associated with grace and bestow blessings from the heavens. Known as the Spirits of Motion and control of the elements, they are sometimes referred to as “the shining ones.” All of nature is subject to their control, the seasons, stars, moon; even the sun is subject to their command. Virtues are the instruments through which God works his miracles.
The name of the holy virtues signifies a powerful, brave and determined attitude welling forth into all their Godlike strength; not being weak and feeble for any reception of the divine illuminations granted to it; working towards in fullness of power to become one with God; never falling away from the Divine Life through its own weakness, but moving towards a higher level despite oppositions to the source of virtue. This deep rooted courage is the characteristic of all who work miracles in God’s name.
Virtue is used in the Word of God to describe the miraculous power within Jesus Christ… “And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; and they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all” (Lu 6:17-19 AV).
Virtues provide courage, grace, valour, heroic deeds and we may go to them and ask for aid in the struggle for good against evil. We should invoke them in unforeseen accidents and in sickness.
Virtues have the task of dispensing the graces of God, which make difficult things easy. If we are to do great things for God, we should ask them for help often. We are warned not to get caught worshiping or serving the sun, moon, stars, or the host of heavens (angels), which the LORD GOD has not commanded (Deuteronomy 17:3-5; Deuteronomy 4:19). We must worship only God.
Prepared by Noreen Bavister, UK