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The Fifth Choir Gallery is a hobby. Please bear with
me as I change my mind at least one hundred times
on what the actual direction of this gallery will
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Did I Get the Name?
The Fifth Choir was
chosen for my fledgling design company eight years
ago because of how the name relates to angels.
I've always been intrigued with angels despite the
fact that I do not consider myself to be a very religious
person. I do try to keep an open mind about all religions,
I just haven't found the one that suits me best.
According to Malcom Godwin's book,
Angels: An Endangered Species, there are nine
choirs of angels. Since Hebrews believe that the universe
is a hierarchy, Christians adopted this Jewish model
of the Cosmos in which God is at the center in the
highest position of the hierarchy with entities radiating
outward from His Presence like a bullseye. Angels
are arranged on three descending levels, with each
of those levels having three ranks (or choirs). The
highest triad is made up of the Seraphim, the Cherubim,
and the Thrones. The second triad is composed of the
Dominions, the Virtues, and the Powers. The third
triad consists of the Principalities, Archangels,
and Angels. Here is a breakdown of these nine choirs
||The Seraphim are believed
to be the highest order of God's angelic servants.
They ceaselessly sing a song of creation and celebration.
The seraphim are in direct communication with
God and as such are beings of light and thought
who resonate the fire of love. However, when they
do appear to humans in their angelic form it is
as a six-winged and four-headed being. The prophet
Isaiah saw these flaming angels and described,
"Each had six wings: two covered the face,
two covered the feet, and two were used for flying."
||The Cherubim are described
as the guardians of the Tree of Life with an ever-turning
flaming sword and the charioteers leading the
way for God. The subtle vibrations emanating from
the cherubim is one of knowledge and wisdom. Despite
the fact that most think of a cherub as a winged
baby, this description is not accurate according
to the author. Cherubim are described as having
four faces and four wings and being much mightier
than they are given credit in illustrations.
||The Thrones are considered
the actual chariot or "wheels" of the
celestial bodies. The description of thrones in
history are similar to that of observations of
Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) reported today.
Of all the angelic forms, the thrones are the
most puzzling because the took the form of an
object that resembles images in our own technology
even though they were being described in detail
at a time when the wheel was considered hi-tech.
||The Dominions are thought
to be the order that regulate angels' duties.
Others maintain that the fourth choir are channels
of mercy living within the second heaven.
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||The Virtues are the angels
with the grace to bestow blessings from on high,
usually in the form of miracles. They are most
often associated with those who struggle for good
and instill courage when it is needed the most.
Known as the "Brilliant or Shining Ones,"
I felt this description most represented my belief
in angels, as well as the brilliance and magic
that I hope my designs bring to others. Because
we all know, with the right accessories you can
do anything better!
||The Powers are also called
Dynamis, Potentiates, and Authorities. This choir
is believed to be the first angels created by
God. They inhabit the perilous border between
the first and second heavens and act as a "border
patrol." I often wonder if they drive the
same white and green SUVs that the Migra use to
patrol the Texas/Mexico border ;^)
||The Principalities are seen
as the the order that is in charge of nations
and great cities on Earth.
||The Magnificent Seven, or Archangels,
are the most widely-known of the angel choirs.
The seven angels who stood before God in Revelations
are usually interpreted as the archangels, who
are the messengers which carry the Divine Decrees.
They are considered the most important intercessionaries
between God and humans in the fight over good
and evil. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel
are believed to be the first four of the Magnificent
Seven. There is speculation over the other three
being Metatron, Remiel, Sariel, Anael, Raguel,
and Raziel. The "el" at the end of most
of these names translates into "shining"
or "brilliant" in many languages. Often
the "el" is set off with a hyphen (e.g.,
||The Angels are the last order
in the celestial hierarchy and the closest to
humankind. Known as the courier to the heavens,
this choir is what most people think of when they
say they have a guardian angel who has brought
them a message of faith and hope.