Whether there is a gender of Angels?
the Silly question, it agrees. However it not once or twice comes to mind to those who for the first time face divine subject in the life. “ And if not, then why all angels bear man`s names? “. A question worthy to cut down for kind two minutes even experts on Orthodoxy.
The essence of the angelic nature concerned minds of believers long ago. The fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council who pointed to perfect incorporeality and invisibility of God spoke about angels, as about beings “ not entirely withdrawn from a corporality and not certainly invisible “ the beings possessing “ and were visible by thin, airfigurative or fiery bodies in which they repeatedly were “.
Who such Angels? In translation from Greek “ Angel “ means “ " bulletin; and messengers they are called because God sends them to announce the will. In the bible book of Iov it is told: “ Egda a bysha stars, a voskhvalisha of Mya by a voice veliy vs an angel mine " are created; (Iov. 38,7). From this it is visible that angels were created before all creatures visible. The number of angels is known to one God, but from the word Its it is visible that there is a lot of them. In the Scripture Angels are called various names: Bozhiimi`s angels, Saints living in heaven, troops heavenly, spirits.
In the same Scripture Angels often accept an image of people (most often young men and boys), however to them as incorporeal, and, therefore, and sexless, human lines are not attributed to beings. Their superhuman, purely spiritual nature is confirmed by an image of their phenomenon in our world - unexpected and wonderful. The Scripture confirms two beginnings in the person - soul and spirit, and here concerning Angels never speaks about the last, meaning, it is obvious that they are pure spirits. Iov says that they have no, like us, the bodies made of terrestrial elements. In other texts they are invisible, and accept the food offered by people only for the sake of appearance; being incorporeal, they do not enter among themselves in any carnal relations (Mf. 22, 30). The known bible scene from 6 - oh chapters of the Genesis about the Sons Bozhiikh who took up with terrestrial women can be carried not to Angels, and to pious Sif`s descendants that in turn testifies about incorporeal, and, respectively, and the sexless nature of Angels.
From where undertook “ man`s “ a component in Angelic images, it is known, for example, that one of the first iconographic images of the Guardian angel which extended since the XVI-XVII centuries in Russia usually presents us the young man dressed in a white tunic? The answer to this question most likely is covered in the human nature which apprehended Christianity during a patriarchy era when everything was tied in the world on the predominating role of the man. It was simpler and more habitual to speak to the person about God`s envoys, as about more main, more responsible beings what at that time stories were males. To whom the antiquated patriarch will have more attention?. Who in new treasured time will frighten off from the monastery of spiteful robbers?. Of course, the valiant man shining God`s glory.
As for “ man`s “ names, here it is enough to mention only two facts to dispel the myth about the man`s nature of angels:
1. Long ago and successfully in our society names - a unisex function: Alexander / Aleksandra, Valentin / Valentin and so forth
2. It is known that in monasteries at a post-threshing barn when the person accepts an angelic rank, man`s names sometimes give to women.
And what, eventually, the name means how not just the set of sounds, the symbols and associations connected in our consciousness with that is that or with that is that?. The same, as vision of an incorporeal and sexless being in that quality which you are capable to apprehend to understand its message. For someone it will be the shining husband, and someone has enough also the simple belief dawned the ray of light uttering: “ Be not afraid because I am an angel yours … “.