Which are closest to God, seraphim or cherubim? Who are the powers and principalities?
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So there is no uniform classification in the Church, but there is the consistent idea of a “hierarchical, gradual, and ordered way in which the divine light is communicated to the angels, from the first hierarchies to the last” (St. Thomas Aquinas).
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This article was originally published in the French edition of Aleteia and has been translated and/or adapted here for English speaking readers