Here is another informative material. It is a power point
This is another example that Orthodox Church carries the
complete tradition about every aspect of faith.
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Thomas Daniel wrote:
> Dear Abraham
> Angels are divided into Ranks, each with separate responsibilities.
> There are nine Orders of Angels within three major Ranks known as
> The First Choir consists of the Seraphim, Cherabim and Thrones.
> Seraphim is said to be closest to the Throne of God. They are the
> ones who unceasingly chant the Trisagion, "Holy, Holy, Holy." They
> encircle the Throne.
> Cherubim are second only to the Seraphim. Hold the Knowledge of God.
> Thrones or Ophanim serve the primary function of being God's
> The Second Choir consists of Dominions, Powers and Virtues.
> Dominations or Hashmallim, and coordinate the Upper Choir and the
> Lower, holding the task of regulating the duties of lower Angels.
> Virtues or Malakim are concerned with maintaining the aspects of
> natural world, as well as bestowing blessings upon the material
> Powers hold one of the most dangerous tasks, as they are
> for maintaining the borders between Heaven and Earth. Powers are
> major line of defense and battle during heavenly warfare.
> The Third Choir consists of Principalities, Archangels and Angels.
> Principalities are the head of the Third and final Choir. They
> over the mortal worlds, guiding and protecting the Earth's nations,
> cities and towns.
> The Archangel is the second to last Rank in the Third Choir.They
> especially important, and are watching over the duties of the
> and acting as the leaders in the Divine Army during war.
> There are seven Archangels who always stand before the Face of God.
> Angels are the last Rank in the Third Choir and are responsibile
> watching over the affairs of mortals in a more direct way than
> Principalities. Angels carry the Word of God to mankind, and act as
> messengers and couriers to both God and the Upper Ranks.
> If am wrong, please correct me
> In Our Lords Love
> Thomas daniel (Reji)