Ordained and Constituted in a Wonderful Order

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:11-12)

Year by year, the Easter celebration begins when the deacon sings: “Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels, and let your trumpets shout Salvation for the victory of our mighty King!” (BCP 286).

Week by week, the Great Thanksgiving at every celebration of the Eucharist begins as the priest or bishop sings, “Therefore we praise you, lifting our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven” (BCP 362).

Night by night, each of us closes the day with this quiet prayer: “That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill, we entreat you, O Lord” (BCP 122).

Saint Michael and All Angels

Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP 244)


1 thought on “Ordained and Constituted in a Wonderful Order

  1. Alice Corinne Givens

    Thank you for sharing your escape from the darkness of depression. I am often reminded of how God has gradually and kindly lifted me out of troubles of various kinds.


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