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According to Christian belief, '''Angels''' are the servants of [[God]].  Angels announce the word of God<ref>Luke 1:26-38</ref>, protect God's people<ref>Dan 6:22</ref>, and enforce God's will<ref>Matthew 13:41-42</ref>. Throughout the [[Bible]] there are mentions of people interacting with angels and of angels intervening on behalf of people.
 
According to Christian belief, '''Angels''' are the servants of [[God]].  Angels announce the word of God<ref>Luke 1:26-38</ref>, protect God's people<ref>Dan 6:22</ref>, and enforce God's will<ref>Matthew 13:41-42</ref>. Throughout the [[Bible]] there are mentions of people interacting with angels and of angels intervening on behalf of people.
  
Though the popular notion of an angel is that of a celestial, vaguely human being with improbably bird-like wings, the original word in [[Hebrew]] is best translated as "messenger"; thus, it is likely that many of the angels featuring in the Torah were meant to be mortal human beings doing God's work, rather than an actual supernatural manifestation ''per se.''  Of course this is not always the case such as when an angel calls to Hagar "from heaven".<ref>Genesis 21:17</ref>  
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Though the popular notion of an angel is that of a celestial, vaguely human being with improbably bird-like wings, the original word in [[Hebrew]] is best translated as "messenger"; thus, it is likely that many of the angels featuring in the Torah were meant to be mortal human beings doing God's work, rather than an actual supernatural manifestation ''per se.''  Of course this is not always the case such as when an angel calls to Hagar "from heaven".<ref>Genesis 21:17</ref>  
  
Two angels are mentioned by name in the [[Bible]], [[Michael the Archangel]], and [[Gabriel]]
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Angels are purely spirit which means they do not possess bodies, so they can neither be male nor female. Though the three angels we know by name all use one in the male gender. 
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Three angels are mentioned by name in the [[Bible]], [[Michael the Archangel]],[[Raphael]] and [[Gabriel]]
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In pictures angels are usually depicted as very beautiful creatures with golden hair, wings and long robes making them appear feminine. In contrast pictures depicting Saint Michael the Archangel show him in armor usually crushing Satan beneath his feet.
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There are nine choirs of angels, Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels and Angels. The different groups of these spirits are called choirs because it's said in the [[Bible]] they are constantly praising God in song.
  
 
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''Reverend Francis J. Connel'', Baltimore Catechism #3, pg. 26
 
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This article is about the supernatural being. For the TV show, see Angel (TV Show)

The Archangel Michael by Guido Reni

According to Christian belief, Angels are the servants of God. Angels announce the word of God[1], protect God's people[2], and enforce God's will[3]. Throughout the Bible there are mentions of people interacting with angels and of angels intervening on behalf of people.

Though the popular notion of an angel is that of a celestial, vaguely human being with improbably bird-like wings, the original word in Hebrew is best translated as "messenger"; thus, it is likely that many of the angels featuring in the Torah were meant to be mortal human beings doing God's work, rather than an actual supernatural manifestation per se. Of course this is not always the case such as when an angel calls to Hagar "from heaven".[4]

Angels are purely spirit which means they do not possess bodies, so they can neither be male nor female. Though the three angels we know by name all use one in the male gender.

Three angels are mentioned by name in the Bible, Michael the Archangel,Raphael and Gabriel

In pictures angels are usually depicted as very beautiful creatures with golden hair, wings and long robes making them appear feminine. In contrast pictures depicting Saint Michael the Archangel show him in armor usually crushing Satan beneath his feet.

There are nine choirs of angels, Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels and Angels. The different groups of these spirits are called choirs because it's said in the Bible they are constantly praising God in song.

References

Reverend Francis J. Connel, Baltimore Catechism #3, pg. 26

  1. Luke 1:26-38
  2. Dan 6:22
  3. Matthew 13:41-42
  4. Genesis 21:17