VALIANT ONES-A name used in the Old
Testament Book of Isiah (33:7) that is unclear in its original
Hebrew meaning but may denote angels.
VARCAN-An angel mentioned in Thomas
Heywood's 1623 work The Hierarchy of the Blessed Angels, said to
possess authority over the sun. This, of course, makes him one
of several angels with this supposed power, including Uriel,
Galgalliel, and Michael.
VENGEANCE, ANGEL OF-The title used for a
group of angels who exact some form of vengeance or retribution
upon sinners; they are, like all angels, entirely at the service
of the Lord, fulfilling their often grim duties only at the
express command of God and never through some personel desire.
Perhaps equatable with the angels of destruction and even the
angels of wrath, the angels of vengeance are said in Jewish lore
to number 12. Among those mentioned by name are some of usual
and most powerful personages of the heavenly host-Michael,
Raphael, Gabriel, Metatron, and Uriel-along with some
lesser-known angels, such as Nathaniel, Jehoel, and Zagzagel.
VICTOR-The angel who, in Irish lore,
appeared to St. Patrick (d.461) in the hopes of convincing the
saint to return to Ireland and bring with him the light of the
Christian faith. While a youth in Roman Britain during the early
fifth century, Patrick had been kidnapped by Irish raiders and
sold into slavery in Ireland. After years of seritude he
underwent a personel conversion and, through the intercession of
a voice, managed to escape back to his homeland. Some legends
declare the voice to have been the angel Victor. The angel came
to Patrick several years later, imploring him to go back to the
Irish, not as a slave but as a missionary. Patrick apparently
heeded the words of Victor and so became one of the world's most
famous and beloved saints.
VIRTUES (choir)-One of the nine choirs of
angels as listed by the sixth-century theologian Dionysius the
Areopagite. The virtues are ranked fifth in the heavenly host
and belong to the second triad of angelic orders, with
dominations and powers; as members of the second triad, they
take part in the duties given to the three choirs, namely the
ordering of the universe. The virtues specifically preside over
the elements of the world and the process of celestrial life.
Thus all heavenly bodies-from the stars and planets to the
galaxies themselves-are kept in their divinely appointed routes
and progress. On earth the angels maintain a watch over nature,
marking and guiding every facet of natural life; rain, wind,
snow, etc. In legend, two angels from this choir served as the
angels of the Ascension, appearing at the moment of the
Ascension of Christ. The virtues are called in the Hebrew the
malakim and the tarshishim.
VRETIEL-Another spelling for the angel
VREVOIL-Also Vretiel, Vretil, and Pravuil,
an important archangel in the celestial hierarchy who keeps the
sacred record of all of the knowledge and the deeds of the Lord.
Perhaps to be identified with the archangel Uriel and similar in
function to the ancient Egyptian god Thoth. Vrevoil is described
in the Second (Slavonic) Book of Enoch as being the swiftest in
wisdom of all the archangels. it was Vrevoil who was supposedly
commanded by the Lord to bring forth the books from the heavenly
treasury and to dictate to Enoch unceasingly for thirty days and
thirty nights; in the end, Enoch, using pen and ink provided by
the angel, would write 366 books concerning virtually every form
and kind of knowledge.
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