Concerning the Spiritual Hosts
I believe and confess that the Angels are noetic beings created by God, that they had
a beginning and are not eternal or immortal by nature, but by divine grace. Although they possess a different nature from ours, their spiritual and incorporeal nature is nonetheless real and subject to laws and dimensions foreign to human nature. They are conscious persons, ministers of God and His servants.
The Angels were created free, having the faculties of volition and choice. Some
chose the good by remaining faithful to their Creator, whereas others used their liberty in an evil manner and estranged themselves from their Creator by rising up against Him.
Becoming darkened and wicked, they fell away from God and turned into demons.
The demons envy man for the glory of the eternal destiny for which he was created,
and they seek his ruin and utter destruction. They have no real power over those who
have received Baptism, yet they tempt them to make ill use of their freedom.
But the Angels, because of their loyalty and their communion with God, know no
envy of man’s destiny. Rather, they have been endowed with a nature superior to man’s
that they might protect and guide man, helping him realize his purpose; and they rejoice
when a man succeeds with the aid of divine grace in so doing. The Angels are humble;
they are examples and models for us of purity, prayer, service and devotion to God; and
they celebrate with us in glorifying the Creator; they pray for us and attend to our
Even as men on earth differ according to the gift each has received, so also do the
Angels have distinctions among themselves in accordance with their rank and their
ministry, being established in a celestial hierarchy, but, all rivalry and envy will be
absent. “One star differeth from another star in glory” (1 Cor 15:41).