look, if you dare, upon the face of an angel

I’ve mentioned before that my upcoming YA sci-fi book Lost Dogs has religious elements, and in writing it, I’ve done some research on angels.  Now, we all know what angels look like, right?  Guys in long robes, wings, halos, harps, right?



Well, yes, a lot of angels look like what you’d expect.  But there are some who don’t.  At all.  Such as the Cherubim, who are not cute little naked babies with wings, but instead are described as having four faces: of a man, an ox, a lion, and an eagle.



Then there are the Seraphim: “Six-winged, many-eyed, soaring aloft on their wings,” as mentioned in the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom:



And perhaps the most bizarre appearing—and among the most powerful in the angelic hierarchy—are the Thrones:



Uhh…yeah: that’s freaky.  Looks almost…alien, doesn’t it?





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