The Angels, Their Hierarchy and Order (continued)
The writings of St. Thomas Aquinas offer accurate and clear teachings on the holy angels who are our guardians.
In this month of October dedicated to the holy guardian angels, FSSPX.News proposes to its readers the treatise on the angels developed in the Catechism of the Summa Theologica by Fr. Thomas Pègues, OP. Published in 1918, this work explains the teachings of the Angelic Doctor on a level that anyone can grasp.
In what sense then do we speak of hierarchies in the plural and even of several hierarchies in the world of the pure spirits or angels?
Because on the side of the multitude ordered under the Prince, the principality is diversified according to the different ways in which the multitude receives the government of the Prince (q. 108, a. 1).
Could you give an example of this diversity in human things?
Yes, under one single king, there are different provinces or cities that are ruled by different laws and different ministers (q. 108, a. 1).
Are there two different hierarchies for men and angels?
Yes, so long as men are on earth, there are two different hierarchies for men and angels (q. 108, a. 1).
Why do you say “so long as men are on earth”?
Because in heaven, men will be admitted into the hierarchy of the angels (q. 108, a. 8).
So there are several hierarchies among the angels?
Yes, there are several hierarchies among the angels (q. 108, a. 1).
How many hierarchies are there among the angels?
There are three hierarchies among the angels.
Could you tell me how these three hierarchies among the angels are distinguished from each other?
These three hierarchies among the angels are distinguished from each other according to a triple manner of knowing the reasons of the things related to the divine government (q. 108, a. 1).