9.6 DIONYSIUS the AREOPAGITE
Often referred to as the Pseudo-Dionysius
so as not to be confused with the philosopher of the
same name who appears in the New Testament, this sixth
century writer had one of the greatest impacts on
his treaties, The Celestial Hierarchy, he
describes the nine choirs of angels and how they relate
to one another.
Though his revelations about the angelic world are downright astounding in their accuracy (and so must have been inspired by one of the divine creatures), Dionysius is not totally accurate in what he writes. It is his opinion that only the choirs of angels and archangels travel to Earth to help the children of clay. According to him the higher choirs spend all their time in Heaven. This is an erroneous statement. While angels and archangel (having the greatest numbers) are the most prolific in the material world, the other choirs often complete mission to help mortals.