The Holy Archangels and the Other Bodiless Powers of Heaven

Feast Day: November 8th

The Orders of the Holy Angels of God

About the Angels: The Angelic Ranks are divided into three Hierarchies. Each Heavenly Power is an Angel, but they have their own name and position according to the virtue of their service to God. God reveals His Divine Will to the Highest Ranks of the Angels who in turn inform the other Angels of the lower ranks. The Highest Hierarchy includes the Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones. The Middle Hierarchy are the Dominions, Powers and Authorities. The Lowest Hierarchy consist of the Principalities, Archangels and Angels…



Apolytikion: Let us praise Cherubim, Seraphim, Thrones, Powers, Authorities and Principalities, Dominions, Archangels and Angels, for they are the Bodiless Ministers of the Un-originate Trinity, and revealers of Incomprehensible Mysteries. Glory to Him Who has given you being; Glory to Him Who has given you Light; glory to Him Who is praised by you in Thrice-Holy hymns.

Troparion: Commanders of the Heavenly Hosts, we who are unworthy beseech you, by your Prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your Immaterial Glory, and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you: “Deliver us from all harm, for you are the Commanders of the Powers on High!”

Kontakion: Chief Commanders of God’s Armies and Ministers of the Divine Glory, Princes of the Bodiless Angels and Guides of Men, ask what is good for us and Great Mercy, as Chief Commanders of the Bodiless Powers.

Oikos: You said in the Scriptures, Immortal Lover of humanity, that in Heaven multitudes of Angels rejoice over one human being who repents. Therefore, O Sinless One, Who alone know the heart, we in our lawlessness dare each day to implore You, the Compassionate, to take pity on us, Master, and send us compunction, though we are unworthy, and pardon our sins, at the intercession for us all, of the Chief Captains of the Bodiless Hosts.

Fortify us by your Supplications and shelter us beneath the wings of your Spiritual Glory.