Of the order of Archangells. Cap. 17.
THe eight order is of Archangels that is to be 〈…〉, highest messen∣gers, Page [unnumbered] or Princes of messenges, as sayth Isidore. For they holde the Principate among Angels, termed Dukes, leaders, and Princes. For vnder their order, to euery of the Angells their offices are as∣signed:* For Archangells be aboue An∣gells,* as it is said in Zachary, where the greater Angell sayd to the lesse: Go & teach this childe, &c. For if it were so in the office of Angells, that the greater ap•ointed not the lower, they would not hade said so, speaking as to a man: it seemeth therefore that one Angell learn∣eth of another. These Archangelles are oft knowen by their proper names, so that by their names, their conditions and workes be shewed.* For*Gabriel was sent to the holye Uirgin, to giue warning that he was comming, that should haue the victory against ye stends, that are called, Aere Potestates. Gabri∣el signifieth ye Fortitude of God.*And Raphael, the Medicine of God, & was sent to Toby, and did lay medicines to Tobies eyen, & healed him of his blind∣nesse, and so of other, Hetherto speaketh Isidore. lib. 7. cap. 5. Gregorie saith: that the office of these Angelles is to teache good men, and help them of those things that concerne theyr faith, as of the com∣ming of Gods sonne, and of his déedes and lawes. Denys faith, that it belong∣eth in Archangells, to shewe Prophecies to Prophets, and to put off frendes that haue mastrie buenmen, that they gréeue them no more: as it belongeth to Po∣testates to put off euill Angels, that they take not vpon them things that belong∣eth to God. Also Archangells are more worthy then the inferiour Angelles, and they be séene before other in message, because they be more perfect, so that both great and lesse, be seruiceable to the set∣ting forth of the glorie of God: and by theyr dilygence the lower Angells are informed towarde God, as much as is possible. Also they consent in one vnitie, gathering Angelles to that chiefe Prin∣cipium, in teaching of the Angells vn∣der them by ordinate leadings and vse, by the which it belongeth to teach and to lead the other neather. Angelles that follow. Also these Archangells be in the middes, among the orders of the nea∣thermost. Hierarchie: and therfore they take illuminations and shinings of the higher Angells, and the same shewe and teach forth to the nether Angells: in the which Angells of all Angells, the dispo∣sition Hierarchie is perfectlye constitute, fulfilled and complete of thrée ternaries of the orders of Heauen.