The name “archangel” is from the Greek words “arche” (ruler) and “angelos” (messenger), hence the name of this choir. Some of the other, higher-ranked angels do participate in delivering divine messages to people, however.
The meaning of this choir’s name is distinct from the other use of the word “archangels.” While many people think of archangels as the highest-ranking angels in heaven (and Catholics recognize some famous ones, such as Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael), this angelic choir is made up of angels who mainly focus on the task of delivering God’s messages to humans. The Archangels have a unique role as God’s messenger to the people at critical times in history and salvation as in The Annunciation and Apocalypse.
A feast day celebrating the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael is celebrated throughout the Church on Sep 29. A special part of the Byzantine Liturgy invokes the “Cherubic Hymn” which celebrates these archangels and the guardian angels particularly.
𝘈𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘩𝘪𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯; 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦…
1 Thessalonians 4:16
𝘕𝘰𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘭 𝘔𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘦𝘭, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘶𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘭 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘱𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘴, 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘦; 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘸𝘢𝘴, ‘𝘔𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘣𝘶𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶.’
Guardian angels are members of this choir, which is closest to humans. They protect, guide, and pray for people in all aspects of human life. The angels are truly beautiful. As we reflect upon them, we are drawn toward a deeper and clearer understanding of God’s love for man; for billions of angels, to be sure, are given the personal charge of looking after God’s children as their guardian angels.
Every moment of each day, day after day, year after year, our faithful guardian angels stand at our side, focused on our well-being with far greater power and intensity than we ourselves can summon, since the strength of their angelic will is far greater than ours. Let us thank God each day for their protection and guidance, giving to us great advantage here below, for they see the reality of our life in clarity, which is something we often fail to do.
God has commended to each of us an angel for our very own. What love has God for his children, for those he has created in the image of his incarnate Son!
7.The Nine Choirs of Angels – Angels – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online 8.https://www.catholic.org/saints/angels/angelchoir.php
Howard Kainz on angels: the ones who surround the throne of God in heaven and those who watch over us on earth.