De Coelesti Hierarchia (Greek: Περὶ τῆς Οὐρανίας Ἱεραρχίας, “On the Celestial Hierarchy”) is a Pseudo-Dionysian work on angelology, written in Greek and. THE CELESTIAL HIERARCHY. CHAPTER I. To my fellow-presbyter Timothy, Dionysius the Presbyter. That every divine illumination, while going forth with love. De Coelesti Hierarchia (Q). work by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. On the Celestial Hierarchy; Heavenly Hierarchy; On the Heavenly Hierarchy.

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The rods are tokens of the authority of sovereignty and leadership and the true directing of all things.

For the divine fiery wheels truly revolve, by reason of their ceaseless movement, around the highest Good Itself, and they are granted revelations because to them the holy hidden Mysteries are made clear, and the earthly are lifted up, and the high hjerarchia are brought down and imparted to the lowest orders. He also taught him that every participation in the Divine Light and Purity, as far as this may be attained, is a purification, even to the most pure.

Now, if anyone should say that God has shown Himself without intermediary to certain holy men, let him know beyond doubt. For this reason the First Hierarchla are called in our priestly tradition perfective, illuminative and purificatory powers in regard to the lower Orders which are uplifted by them to the superessential Principle of all, and as far as is right for them are made partakers of the mystical purifications, illuminations and perfections.

In the same manner, by desire in irrational creatures we mean the instinctual innate tendency towards temporal materials things, or the uncontrolled inborn appetites of mutable creatures, and the dominating irrational desires of the body which urge the whole creature towards that for which the senses crave.

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In like manner they are thought worthy of fellowship with Jesus, not through sacred images which shadow forth the Divine Likeness, but as truly being close to Him in that first participation of the knowledge of His Deifying Illuminations. This may fittingly be added, that each Celestial and human intelligence contains in itself its own first, middle and last powers, which are manifested in a way analogous to the aforesaid ordination belonging to each of the Hierarchical illuminations; and accordingly each intelligence, as far as is right and attainable to it, participates in the most spotless purity, the most abundant light, and the most complete perfection.

Thus many properties of fire may be found which symbolize through sensible images the Divine activities. For our life is not ruled by necessity, nor are the divine irradiations of Providential Light obscured because of the freewill of those under Its care; but it is the dissimilarity of the mental eyes which causes the Light streaming forth resplendently from the Goodness of the Father to be either totally unshared and unaccepted through their resistance to It, or causes an unequal participation, small or great, dark or bright, of that Fontal Ray which nevertheless is one and unmixed, eternally changeless, and for ever abundantly shed forth.

But from their simplicity, they have the attributes of unity, power, strength, fortitude, steadfastness.

Those who earnestly study hieearchia holy Scriptures hierarchiz ask, ‘If the lowest ranks do not possess hiearrchia the full the powers of those above them, why is our Hierarch called in the holy Word the Angel of the Omnipotent Lord? The form of the eagle signifies royalty and high soaring and swiftness of flight and the eager seizing of that food which renews their strength, discretion, and ease of movement and skill, with strong intensity of vision which has the power to gaze unhindered, directly and unflinchingly upon the full and brilliant splendour of the brightness of the Divine Sun.

Such then is the difference between these Orders: The lightness of the wings shows that they are altogether heavenly and unsullied and untrammelled in. Therefore he who speaks of Hierarchy implies a certain perfectly holy Order in the likeness of the First Divine Beauty, ministering the sacred mystery of its own illuminations in hierarchical order and wisdom, being in due measure conformed to its own Principle.

For this Light can never be deprived of Its own intrinsic unity, hierarfhia although in goodness It becomes manyness and proceeds into hierarchka for the uplifting of those creatures governed by Its providence, yet It abides eternally within Itself in changeless sameness, firmly established in Its own unity, and elevates to Itself, according to their capacity, those who turn towards It, uniting them in accordance with Its own unity.


Wherefore the eager upward tending to those above them, and the constancy of their revolution around them, being guardians of their own powers, and their participation in the providential power of proceeding forth to those below them through their own inter-relations, will truly befit all the Celestial Beings, although some pre-eminently and universally, others in a partial and lower degree.

When the hieratchia prophet saw in the sacred vision of the sixfold wings the most high and absolute upliftment to the Divine in first, coelesto and last Intelligences, and beheld their many feet and many faces, and perceived that their eyes and their feet were covered by their wings, and that the middle wings were in ceaseless movement, he was guided to the intelligible knowledge of that which was seen through the revelation to him of the farreaching and far-seeing power of the most exalted Intelligences, and of their holy awe which cpelesti have in a supermundane manner in the bold and persistent and unending search into higher and deeper Mysteries, and the perfect harmony of their ceaseless activity in imitation of God, and their perpetual upward soaring to the heights.

You will find, moreover, that hierarchoa Word of God not only calls these Celestial Beings above us Gods, but also gives this name to saintly men amongst us, and to those men who, in the highest degree, are lovers of Hierrachia although the First and Unmanifest God superessentially transcends all things, being enthroned above all, and therefore none of the beings or things which are can truly be said to be wholly like Him, save in so far as those intellectual and rational beings who are wholly turned towards union with Him, as far as is in their power, and who, uplifting themselves perpetually, as far as possible, to the Divine Radiance, in the imitation of God if it be lawful so to speak with all their powers, are thought worthy of the same divine name.

But at other times It is extolled in a supermundane manner in the same writings, where It is named Invisible, Infinite and Unbounded, in such terms as.

Moreover, through Angels we see Him subjecting Himself to the Father’s will; for I will not recall to one who knows our sacred tradition the Angel who fortified Jesus, hiwrarchia even that Jesus Himself, because He came for the good work of our salvation to fulfil the law in its spiritual application, was called Angel of Good Counsel. Let us also remind you in connection with your knowledge of hierarchy that Pharaoh was shown through visions by the Angel who presided over the Egyptians, and the Prince of Babylon was shown by his own Angel, the watchful and overruling Power of Providence.

I hold, therefore, that those who are being purified ought to be wholly perfected and free from all taint hierarchua unlikeness; those who are illuminated should be filled full with Divine Light, hierarvhia, to the contemplative state and power with the most pure eyes of the mind; those who are being initiated, holding themselves apart from all imperfection, should become participators in the Divine Wisdom which they have contemplated.

It is insuperable and pure, possessing separative power, but itself changeless, uplifting, penetrative, high, not held back by.

For they do not ask directly, ‘Wherefore are Thy garments red? The girdles denote their guardianship of their own generative power, and their state of unification, for they are wholly drawn together towards their essential unity surrounding it in a perfect circle with changeless sameness. For doelesti if certain Gods not alien to them presided over the other coeleeti from which we ourselves have hiegarchia forth into that illimitable and abundant sea of Divine Light which is outspread freely for all to ccoelestiyet there is one Ruler of all, and to Him the Angels who minister to each nation lead their followers.


Not in short, are secondary natures able to receive all the powers of the natures prior ccoelesti themselves, but the latter have certain hieracrhia exempt from things in in inferior order, and incomprehensible by the beings posterior to themselves.

Such, therefore, are they who participate first, and in an all-various manner, in Deity, and reveal first, and in many ways, the Divine Mysteries. But since each Hierarchy has first, middle and last ranks, the holy Order of Archangels, through its middle position, participates in the two extremes, being joined with the most.

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But it is ordained that in imitation of God each of the higher ranks of beings is the source in turn for the one which follows it; since the Divine Rays are passed through it to the other. What is meant by their yes, nostrils, ears, mouths, touch, eyelids eyebrows their manhood, teeth, shoulders, arms, hands, heart, breasts, backs, feet and wings? Above these they place the choirs of Archangels, Principalities, Powers, Virtues, and those other beings who are acknowledged by the traditional scriptural teachings to be of higher rank.


Cephalopagus Records is a label specializing in dark, Space, horror and ritual ambiance. But we must begin to deal with the remaining part of our discourse, and must ask, in first explanation of the forms, why the Word of God prefers the sacred symbol of fire almost above all others. Again, they are contemplative, not as beholding intellectual or sensible symbols, nor as being uplifted to the Divine by the all-various contemplations set forth in the Scriptures, but as filled with Light higher than all immaterial knowledge, and hiersrchia, as is meet, in the contemplation of that Beauty which is the superessential triune Origin and Creator of all beauty.

Living things participate in Its life-giving Power above all life; rational things participate in Its self-perfect and pre-eminently perfect Wisdom above all reason and intellect. The power of touch symbolizes the power of distinguishing that which is of advantage from that which is harmful.

For we say that the lowest choirs do not possess the integral and pre-eminent power of the higher Orders, since they coelesri it partially, in the measure of their capacity, in accordance with the one harmonious and binding fellowship of all things. Calling then upon Jesus, the Light of the Father, the Real and True, ‘Which lights every man that comes into the world, by whom we have access to the Father,’ the Origin of Light, let us raise our thought, according to our power, to the illumination of the most sacred doctrines handed down by the Fathers, and also as far as we may let us contemplate the Hierarchies of the Celestial Intelligences revealed to us by them in symbols hierarchis our upliftment: For it might be Angel With Moon, from 12th c.

Now we maintain that in these Hierarchies the higher Orders possess the illuminations and powers of the lower ranks, but the lower do not participate equally with those hierarchoa them.

The name of the most glorious and exalted Thrones denotes that which is exempt from and untainted by any base and earthly thing, and the supermundane ascent up the steep. Also it moulds and perfects its participants in the holy image of God coelesfi bright and spotless mirrors which receive the Ray of the Supreme Deity -which is the Source of Light; and being mystically filled with the Gift of Light, it pours it forth again abundantly, according to the Divine Law, upon those below itself.

And for those nations the servants of the true God were appointed hierarchka leaders, the interpretations of angelic visions having been revealed from God through Angels to holy men near to the Angels, like Daniel and Joseph. Hirrarchia shining white horses denote clear truth and that which is perfectly assimilated to the Divine Light the dark, that which is hidden and secret; the red, fiery might and energy; the dappled black and white, that power which traverses all and connects coeleshi extremes, providential1y and with perfecting power uniting the highest to the lowest and the lowest to the highest.

There remains for us the reverent contemplation of that sacred Order which completes the Angelic Hierarchies, and is composed of the Divine Principalities, Archangels and Angels. And for this reason all the Divine Intelligences are called Clelesti Powers, but never Seraphim or Thrones or Dominions; since the lowest do not share in the whole characteristics of the highest.

Hierarchies, and consecrating our hierarchy as fellowministers, according to our capacity, in the likeness of their divine ministry, depicted those supercelestial Intelligences hierarchja material images in the inspired writings of the sacred Word so that we might be guided hierarchoa the sensible to the intelligible, and from sacred symbols to the Primal Source of the Celestial Hierarchies.

These holy characteristics in which the secondary natures are granted participation through the first, they ascribe to those very Intelligences, after God, as Hierarchs. For the Angels, as we have said, fill up and complete the lowest choir of all the Hierarchies of the Celestial Intelligences heirarchia they are the last of the Celestial Beings possessing the angelic nature.