Myriads of myriads; Angels: Day 013

Myriads of myriads; Angels: Day 013 August 3, 2016

angels_dionysiusMyriads of myriads

The number of angels is simply unimaginable, says the speculative philosopher Dionysius the Areopagite. Only the angels themselves—and God, of course can understand how many angels there are.

I believe this is also worth thinking about: the tradition of Scripture tells us that there are thousands of thousands of angels, and myriads of myriads. They multiply up to the very limits of our numbers—and beyond.

This shows clearly that we could never count the ranks of the heavenly be- ings. The minds above are many hosts, surpassing the weak and restricted mea- surement of our material numbers. Only their own heavenly knowledge above can actually count them—the knowledge given to them by the supremely divine, all-knowing Framer of Wisdom, the Cause of being, the connecting Force, and the encompassing Term of all created things.

–Dionysius the Areopagite, The Celestial Hierarchy, 14


How willing have I been to accept that there are things I can never understand

about the nature of angels and all God’s plan of creation?


Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word. Bless the Lord all his hosts, his ministers that do his will. –Psalm 103:20-21

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