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The six-winged '''seraphim''' stand closer than all before God, as the [[prophet]] [[Isaiah]] saw, saying: "And the seraphim stood around Him, each having six wings" ([[Book of Isaiah|Isaiah]] 6:2). They are fire-like since they stand before God: "For our God is a consuming fire" ([[Book of Hebrews|Heb]] 12:29); "His throne was a flame of fire" ([[Book of Daniel|Dan]] 7:9); "the appearance of the Lord was like a blazing fire" ([[Exodus|Ex]] 24:17). Standing before such glory, the seraphim are fire-like, as it said: "Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire" (Ps 103:4). They are aflame with love for God and kindle others to such love, as is shown by their very name, for "seraphim" in the Hebrew language means ''flaming''.
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[[Image:Seraph.gif|thumb|right|Byzantine sketch of a six-winged Seraphim angel.]]
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[[Image:Seraphim and Cherubim -- Cathedral of Cefalù, Sicily.jpg|thumb|right|Mosaic of the six-winged many-eyed Seraphim and Cherubim Angels (''Cathedral of Cefalù, Sicily, ca. 1150 A.D.'')]]
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The six-winged '''Seraphim''' are the angels closest to God (Isaiah 6:2) who, due to their closeness to God, resemble fire (Hebrews 12:29; Daniel 7:9; Exodus 24:17; Psalms 103:4). Due to this closeness to God, and their appearance, they were given the name 'seraphim', which in Hebrew means 'flaming'. They are aflame with love for God and kindle others to such love.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Angels]]
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* [[Seraphim (disambiguation)]]
  
==Sources==
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==References==
[http://www.sfaturiortodoxe.ro/orthodox/orthodox_advices_angels.htm The Holy Angels]
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*[http://www.sfaturiortodoxe.ro/orthodox/orthodox_advices_angels.htm The Holy Angels]
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===Biblical Sources===
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*Isaiah 6:2 - "And the seraphim stood around Him, each having six wings"
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*Hebrews 12:29 - "For our God is a consuming fire"
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*Daniel 7:9 - "His throne was a flame of fire"
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*Exodus 24:17 - "the appearance of the Lord was like a blazing fire"
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*Psalms 103:4 - "Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire"
  
 
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Latest revision as of 18:37, March 26, 2012

Byzantine sketch of a six-winged Seraphim angel.
Mosaic of the six-winged many-eyed Seraphim and Cherubim Angels (Cathedral of Cefalù, Sicily, ca. 1150 A.D.)

The six-winged Seraphim are the angels closest to God (Isaiah 6:2) who, due to their closeness to God, resemble fire (Hebrews 12:29; Daniel 7:9; Exodus 24:17; Psalms 103:4). Due to this closeness to God, and their appearance, they were given the name 'seraphim', which in Hebrew means 'flaming'. They are aflame with love for God and kindle others to such love.

See also

References

Biblical Sources

  • Isaiah 6:2 - "And the seraphim stood around Him, each having six wings"
  • Hebrews 12:29 - "For our God is a consuming fire"
  • Daniel 7:9 - "His throne was a flame of fire"
  • Exodus 24:17 - "the appearance of the Lord was like a blazing fire"
  • Psalms 103:4 - "Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire"
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