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Q. 1. How many choirs of angels is there?

A. 1. There are 9 choirs of angels.

Q. 2. What are the 9 choirs of angels?

A. 2. The 9 choirs of angels are:

1. Angels,
2. Archangels,
3. Principalities,
4. Powers,
5. Virtues,
6. Dominations,
7. Thrones,
8. Cherubim, and
9. Seraphim.

Q. 3. What is the purpose of the many different kinds of angels?

A. 3. First of all, angels are divided into three categories:

The angels, the archangels and the principalities concern themselves with the minute ordering of the universe and specific causes, including the welfare of people. The Catholic Church teaches that each human being, each church, and each country has a Guardian Angel. The Feast of the Guardian Angels is celebrated annually on October 2.

The powers, the virtues and the dominations are known as the "angels of creation" because they concern themselves with the ordering of the universe and a plurality of causes.

The thrones, the cherubim and the seraphim concern themselves with contemplating the glory of God. It is the 6-winged Seraphim who sing the Sanctus, "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts." [Is. 6:3]

Q. 4. I heard that there are 3 known archangels. What are their names?

A. 4. Actually, there are 7 known archangels. This knowledge comes from the Book of Tobit [Tobit 12:15] where it states: "I am Raphael, one the seven angels, who stand ready and enter before the glory of the Lord."

The following 3 archangels are well known:

St Michael is mentioned in the Book of Daniel, the Epistle of St. Jude, and the Book of Revelation. His name means "who is like God." His Feast is celebrated on September 29th.

St. Gabriel is mentioned in the Book of Daniel and the Gospel of Luke. His name means "strength of God." His Feast is celebrated on March 24th.

St. Raphael is mentioned in to Book of Tobias. His name means "Medicine of God." His Feast is celebrated on October 24th.

The other 4 archangels, mentioned in the apocryphal Book of Enoch, are:

1. Uriel,
2. Raguel,
3. Sariel, and
4. Jeramiel.

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