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ALLWritety
04-20-2008, 10:53 AM
I have also asked this in the Christian group, but i would like to ask here too.

In my current WIP i have these characters that are like angels but their job is ONLY to observe and record. They are not journalists or reporters, just observers, record and keep the records.

They are going to be invisible to humans but are key to the story.

Is there a name for these kind of angels or persons? Or a name I can use?

Thanks
in Advance

Kevvers

wyoming_dreams
04-20-2008, 08:03 PM
In Catholicism there is a hierarchy for angels called "The Nine Choirs of Angels." The ones called the Dominations may be what you're looking for.

mommyjo2
04-21-2008, 12:43 AM
Nine choirs of Angels:

Angels (including Guardian Angels)
Dominations (Col. 1:16)
Powers (Col. 1:16)
Principalities (Col. 1:16)
Archangels (Jude, Thess. 4:15)
Seraphim (Isaiah 6:6)
Cherubim (Genesis, Ezekiel)
Thrones (Col. 1:16)
Virtues (Eph. 1:21)

Here is an in-depth article:
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01476d.htm

Not much is known about their specific functions.

Summonere
04-21-2008, 01:40 AM
...characters that are like angels but their job is ONLY to observe and record. They are not journalists or reporters, just observers, record and keep the records...

Is there a name for these kind of angels or persons? Or a name I can use?


The Watchers (English), a.k.a.
the Grigori (Greek), a.k.a.
the Irin (Hebrew)

There were 200 of them. Well, at least according to the book of Enoch, and the duty of these angels was, apparently, simply to watch over mankind. Enoch seems to have been a regular joe who got a glimpse of Heaven (well, more like a guided tour), then became transformed into the angel Metatron who, by the way, was the Heavenly scribe.

Oh, but one thing, these angels -- all of them -- are said to have fallen.

Maybe this is useful. Maybe not.

Mac H.
04-21-2008, 02:47 AM
I second the suggestion to read the book of Enoch.

The Hebrew mythology in there has trickled out into mainstream theology and idioms. For example, the phrase 'Seventh Heaven' is straight out of the Book of Enoch.

The mythology of the fall is straight out of the book of Enoch.

Mac

Siddow
04-21-2008, 03:27 AM
I thought the record keepers were Cherubim. Here's a nice site to browse:
http://www.mayasgateway.com/angels.html

johnnysannie
04-22-2008, 05:51 PM
First, guys, it's not "dominations" but dominions.

Here's a good table of angel classes:

A traditional hierarchy of angels is ranked from lowest to highest into the following nine orders, or choirs: Angels, Archangels, Principalities, Powers, Virtues, Dominions, Thrones, Cherubim, and Seraphim.


The Nine Choirs of Angels


ANGELS OF PURE CONTEMPLATION
Govern all Creation
1. Seraphim
2. Cherubim
3. Thrones


ANGELS OF THE COSMOS
Govern all the Cosmos
4. Dominions
5. Powers
6. Virtues

ANGELS OF THE WORLD
Govern all the World
7. Principalities
8. Archangels
9. Angels

mommyjo2
04-22-2008, 06:10 PM
Dominions and dominations are the same thing - the Latin is:
dominationes or dominationem (Col. and Eph., respectively)

johnnysannie
04-22-2008, 06:11 PM
Dominions and dominations are the same thing - the Latin is:
dominationes or dominationem (Col. and Eph., respectively)

Now I've learned something new! I've always heard "dominions", though!

hammerklavier
04-22-2008, 06:59 PM
The Watchers, from the Book of Enoch, were supposed to watch over humanity and intercede in prayer on their behalf.

As for the Catholic list, I think they got a bit carried away as I don't think Paul was referring just to angels in his list in Col. 1:16. Christians liked to philosphize and come up with lists like that back in the dark ages, which is where that concept comes from.