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Everything you wanted to know about Angels

Saying angels are almost everywhere in Scripture is not an exaggeration. From Genesis to Revelation, we find angels visiting Abraham in his tent in Mamré, angels blowing trumpets in John’s Apocalypse, and angels helping Mary and Joseph understand their respective crucial roles in the history of salvation. Jacob fights an angel, and an angel heals the blind Tobit. Tradition speaks of fallen angels and of an angelic militia, and Scripture gives us the names of three angels. But who are they? Who –or what- is an angel? What is the difference, for instance, between an angel and an archangel, or between seraphim and cherubim?

 

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