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The middle triad, Angels of the Cosmos, is made up of angels called dominions, virtues, and powers. Dominions occupy the second hierarchy, first choir. Also known as lords, these angels are said to oversee other angels and interpret God’s commands. Dominions also rule over earthly kingdoms and determine the outcome of wars. While performing their duties they have been seen in battle, in human form, riding red horses. They are also described as wearing crowns, golden robes and girdles, and green stoles.

How would medieval Christians imagine an angel? Do they have personalities and emotions? ”5 The interest in angel behavior coincided with a growing interest in science and learning. Religious scholars were redefining biblical knowledge using recently developed ideas about geography and mathematics. This allowed them to map out heaven and hell and apply precise ranks and numbers to the angelic choirs. The Angelic Doctor Italian priest Thomas Aquinas was one of the leading scholars of angelology.

However, it is documented that a guardian angel often visited the saint and healed his wounds by touching them. In modern times, angelic healing sometimes takes a more creative approach. In Where Miracles Happen Joan Wester Ander- 46 Angels son writes of Emily Weichman, a five-year-old who became deathly ill while on vacation with her parents in Yellowstone National Park. As Emily began to fade, her panicky parents drove for more than an hour to Rock Springs, Wyoming. But when they arrived in town they had no idea where the hospital was located.

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