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Frequently Asked Questions
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ANGELS: DO THEY HAVE WINGS?


Q. 1. Recently, I was talking to a religious sister in my parish. She is the Pastoral Associate, which includes being the Coordinator of the Christian Initiation of Adults and Children among other things. When speaking to her, I am disturbed by some of her beliefs regarding the teachings of the Catholic Church. A subject that came up was that she would never promote angels because we deceive the people when we represent them as having wings. Such is not biblical. She says that nowhere in the Bible does it say that angels have wings. Is that true?

A. 1. As sad as it is to say, many of our highly educated religious sisters who hold key positions in the Catholic Church have been destroying the faith of many members of the congregations during the past two decades. Their titles of "Pastoral Associate" has elevated them to the equal of the "almighty righeous," never wrong in their saying. Such persons should be immediately removed from their positions.

To answer your question, yes, the Bible provides proof that angels have wings. Such proof is found in the following passages:

"The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings." [Ex. 25:20]

"In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olivewood, each ten cubits high. Five cubits was the length of one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the length of the other wing of the cherub; it was ten cubits from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. The other cherub also measured ten cubits; both cherubim had the same measure and the same form. The height of one cherub was ten cubits, and so was that of the other cherub. He put the cherubim in the innermost part of the house; the wings of the cherubim were spread out so that a wing of one was touching the one wall, and a wing of the other cherub was touching the other wall; their other wings toward the center of the house were touching wing to wing." [1 Kgs 6:23-27]

"Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the most holy place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles." [1 Kgs 8:6-7]

"...for the altar of incense made of refined gold, and its weight; also his plan for the golden chariot of the cherubim that spread their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the Lord." [1 Chr. 28:18]

"The wings of the cherubim together extended twenty cubits: one wing of the one, five cubits long, touched the wall of the house, and its other wing, five cubits long, touched the wing of the other cherub; and of this cherub, one wing, five cubits long, touched the wall of the house, and the other wing, also five cubits long, was joined to the wing of the first cherub. The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits; the cherubim stood on their feet, facing the nave." [2 Chr. 3:11-13]

"Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the most holy place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles." [2 Chr. 5:7-8]

"Each had four faces, and each of them had four wings." [Ez. 1:6]

"Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus:" [Ez. 1:8]

"such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies." [Ez. 1:11]

"Under the dome their wings were stretched out straight, one toward another; and each of the creatures had two wings covering its body." [Ez. 1:23]

"And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing, “Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” " [Rev. 4:8]

The aforementioned are sufficient to show that the cherubim (angels) have wings.



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