The archangels we celebrate on September 29 act as God’s messengers to his people, and there are many biblical examples of their work in salvation history. But did you realize that the most important role of the angels of God is to praise him before his throne?
Certain Scripture passages give us a glimpse of what their heavenly worship is like. There is Daniel 7, which speaks of God, the “Ancient One,” on his throne, surrounded by myriads of heavenly beings, with glory shining all around him (verses 9-10). John 1:51 describes “the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” after the baptism of Jesus (John 1:51). The descriptions of angelic worship in the Book of Revelation provide a window for our imagination as well. And let’s not forget the heavenly chorus that announced the birth of Jesus with joyful songs of praise and glory!
Amazingly, here and now, we human beings are called to join the angels and archangels in this joyous celebration. When we go to Mass, heaven touches earth, and we are lifted up into worship. But honestly, any…
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