3. Of the Holy Angels

O Everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant that, as thy holy angels always serve and worship thee in heaven, so by thy appointment they may help and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: Daniel 7:9-10a
"As I looked,

"thrones were set in place,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat.
His clothing was as white as snow;
the hair of his head was white like wool.
His throne was flaming with fire,
and its wheels were all ablaze.
A river of fire was flowing,
coming out from before him.


2 Kings 6:8-17
Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, "I will set up my camp in such and such a place."

The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: "Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there." So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.

This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, "Will you not tell me which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?"

"None of us, my lord the king," said one of his officers, "but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom."

"Go, find out where he is," the king ordered, "so I can send men and capture him." The report came back: "He is in Dothan." Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked.

"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."

And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Second Lesson: Revelation 5:11-14
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang:

"Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!"

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:

"To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!"

The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Psalm: 148

  1. Hallelujah!
    Praise the LORD from the heavens; *
    praise him in the heights.
  2. Praise him, all you angels of his; *
    praise him, all his host.
  3. Praise him, sun and moon; *
    praise him, all you shining stars.
  4. Praise him, heaven of heavens, *
    and you waters above the heavens.
  5. Let them praise the Name of the LORD; *
    for he commanded, and they were created.
  6. He made them stand fast for ever and ever; *
    he gave them a law which shall not pass away.
  7. Praise the LORD from the earth, *
    you sea-monsters and all deeps;
  8. Fire and hail, snow and fog, *
    tempestuous wind, doing his will;
  9. Mountains and all hills, *
    fruit trees and all cedars;
  10. Wild beasts and all cattle, *
    creeping things and winged birds;
  11. Kings of the earth and all peoples, *
    princes and all rulers of the world;
  12. Young men and maidens, *
    old and young together.
  13. Let them praise the Name of the LORD, *
    for his Name only is exalted,
    his splendor is over earth and heaven.
  14. He has raised up strength for his people
    and praise for all his loyal servants, *
    the children of Israel, a people who are near him.


  1. The LORD has set his throne in heaven, *
          and his kingship has dominion over all.
  2. Bless the LORD, you angels of his,
          you mighty ones who do his bidding, *
          and hearken to the voice of his word.
  3. Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, *
          you ministers of his who do his will.
  4. Bless the LORD, all you works of his,
          in all places of his dominion; *
          bless the LORD, O my soul.

Gospel: John 1:47-51
When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false."

"How do you know me?" Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you."

Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."

Jesus said, "You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that." He then added, "I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

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