Wing of the Serephim

Title: Wing of the Seraphim

"They burn with the fire of charity
impatient of any second place
And, if we will it, we shall be inferior to them in nothing."

Pico della Mirandola's Oration on the Dignity of Man

The seraphim perform a ceaseless and eternal revolution about the Divine, their heat and keenness, the exuberance of their intense, perpetual, tireless activity, and their elevative and energetic assimilation of those below, kindling them and firing them to their own heat, and wholly purifying them by a burning and all-consuming flame; and by the unhidden, unquenchable, changeless, radiant and enlightening power, dispelling and destroying the shadows of darkness.

The name "Seraphim"  is better expressed by the word ardor or fire. Hence Dionysius expounds the name "Seraphim" according to the properties of fire, containing an excess of heat. Now in fire we may consider three things:

First, the movement which is upwards and continuous. This signifies that they are borne inflexibly towards the heavenly planes.

Secondly, the active force which is "heat," which is not found in fire simply, but exists with a certain sharpness, as being of most penetrating action, and reaching even to the smallest things, and as it were, with superabundant fervor; whereby is signified the action of these angels, exercised powerfully upon those who are subject to them, rousing them to a like fervor, and cleansing them wholly by their heat.

Thirdly we consider in fire the quality of clarity, or brightness; which signifies that these beings have in themselves an inextinguishable light, and that they also perfectly enlighten others.

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