Angels: The Bodiless Powers of Heaven

In the Orthodox  Church, November 8 is the date we commemorate the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael the the Other Bodiless Powers of Heaven.   The 4th Century Egyptian monk, Evagrios of Pontus, writes the following about angels:

“Know this:

that the holy angels encourage us to pray,

and when we do pray,

they stand beside us with joy,

praying for us.

But if we grow careless

and admit wicked thoughts,

we greatly vex the angels,

for there they are struggling hard on our behalf,

and we cannot even be bothered

to pray to God for our own benefit

but have scorned their assistance

and dishonored their master and their God.”

(quoted in The Book of Mystical Chapters, p 33)