“Castiel: Archangels are fierce. They're absolute. They're Heaven's most terrifying weapon.
Dean: And these Archangels, they're tied to Prophets?
Castiel: Yes.
Dean: So if a Prophet was in the same room...as a demon...
Castiel: Then the most fearsome wrath of Heaven would rain down on that demon."

The idea for videos for this week comes from Sam and Lucifer. Their scenes from the last episode were out of the park gorgeous. They included   the story of the main archangels/brothers on the show plus information on christian lore. The fan video is again remarkable. The music and scenes flow together. I have watched it already like ten times. Lucifer's torment of Sam is well portrayed but I like the ending where Sam is having none of it.

In Supernatural canon the archangels are the four chief angelic creations of God: Michael, Lucifer, Raphael and Gabriel. There is a huge difference in who are regarded to be the archangels in christian lore. As you can see down below, there are some angel names that are familiar but they weren't regarded as archangels on the show. Uriel is regarded as a higher angel that "cleans" cities from evil. Even our beloved Castiel makes the list yet on the show he is just another soldier for heaven. Also Lucifer is not regarded to be an archangel which he is in the show. He is just a fallen angel.

Lucifer

Later Christian tradition came to use the Latin word for "morning star", lucifer, as a proper name for the devil; as he was before his fall. Lucifer was once the most beautiful angel in all of existence. God loved him best of all his brothers, even more than Michael. Lucifer was proud. When humanity was created, he was unwilling to accept its place in God's favor. And when God commanded all of Heaven to love his new children more than himself, Lucifer refused. Lucifer pleaded: "Father, I can't. These humans are flawed. Murderous!" After persistent disobedience, Lucifer was cast out of Heaven.

Lucifer: Why would I want to destroy this stunning thing? Beautiful in a trillion different ways. The last perfect handiwork of God. Ever hear the story of how I fell from grace? [...] You know why God cast me down? Because I loved him more than anything. And then God created... you. The little hairless apes. And then he asked all of us to bow down before you: to love you more than him. And I said; "Father, I can't." I said, "These human beings are flawed. Murderous." And for that, God had Michael cast me into Hell. Now tell me: does the punishment fit the crime? Especially when I was right. Look what six billion of you have done to this thing. And how many of you blamed me for it?

- 5.04 The End

Lucifer: The Horsemen's rings? The magic keys to my Cage? Ring a bell? Come on, Sam. I've never lied to you. You could at least pay me the same respect. It's okay. I'm not mad. A wrestling match inside your noggin... I like the idea. Just you and me, one round, no tricks. You win, you jump in the hole. I win... Well, then I win. What do you say, Sam? A fiddle of gold against your soul says I'm better than you.

- 5.22 Swan Song
Lucifer is truly the big bad in Supernatural. No matter which vessel he used, the menace and threat were always present, and how he acts adds just adds to the effect. He is one of the things Sam and Dean are both afraid of. Sam has felt his malice, presence and revenge first hand. Dean almost got killed and lost his brother to Lucifer, which Dean himself said he almost didn't survive. Lucifer is not a threat taken lightly and we as audience have always felt it too.

Michael ("who is like God?")

Michael sees himself as a good and loyal son to his father, and that matters most to him. He professes love for Lucifer, his younger brother, but insists that he is only serving his father by destroying his brother. He seems to think himself magnanimous when he promises to leave Dean whole, not catatonic, after serving as a vessel.

Michael: Lucifer defied our father, and he betrayed me, but still, I don't want this any more than you would want to kill Sam. You know, my brother... I practically raised him. I took care of him in a way most people could never understand, and I still love him. But I am going to kill him, because it is right, and I have to.
Dean: What, because God says so?
Michael: Yes. From the beginning, he knew this was how it was going to end.
Dean: And you're just going to do whatever God says?
Michael: Yes, because I am a good son.

- 5.13 The Song Remains the Same
We didn't get to experience Michael that well but he had the same feeling around him as Lucifer, even though Michael was regarded as the "good guy". To Winchesters and to humans he was not thought of as the good guy, though, because what he wanted would have killed a lot of people and taken away free will.

Gabriel ("God is my strength")

Gabriel is an angel who typically serves as a messenger sent from God to certain people. As the Trickster (Loki), Gabriel behaved in a mischievous manner, enjoying his games. He embraced a hedonistic lifestyle, including the "sweet tooth" for which that type of demi-god was known. Even after revealing himself to be an angel, he still used misdirection to achieve his goals and to protect himself. He is often sarcastic. Gabriel's manner is the most human of any of the angels, perhaps because of his long sojourn on earth, and he has an appreciation of what humans can achieve.

Gabriel: Shut your cake hole. You don't know anything about my family. I love my Father, my brothers. Love them. But watching them turn on each other? Tear at each other's throats? I couldn't bear it! Okay? So I left. And now it's happening all over again.

- 5.08 Changing Channels
Who wouldn't love Gabriel? He is the only archangel and one of the few angels I see that is/was actually good in heart. He actually gives a crap even if he had weird way of showing it. I liked the twist that Trickster/Loki was actually Gabriel. It meant that he couldn't be killed like Tricksters were usually killed. I still hope he is not dead and he pulled a fast one against his older brother.

Raphael ("It is God who heals", "God Heals", "God, Please Heal")

Raphael is a serious, traditionally minded angel who has lost faith in God and is weary of his duties.

Father Reynolds: I call upon the archangel Raphael, master of the air, to make open the way. Let the fire of the Holy Spirit now descend, that this being might be awakened to the world beyond.

- 2.13 Houses of the Holy

Raphael: We're tired. We just want it to be over. We just want... paradise.
Dean: So what, God dies and makes you the boss, and you think you can do whatever you want?
Raphael: Yes! And whatever we want, we get!

- 5.03 Free to Be You and Me
Raphael is the least remembered archangel of the four. He was threatening too and he did have a strong presence but maybe because he was very subtle in his actions and sometimes acted like a stuck up noble he wasn't memorable for me. Raphael was the only one of the archangels that used a woman vessel so kudos for that.

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Seven Archangels
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The earliest reference to a system of seven archangels as a group appears to be in Enoch I (the Book of Enoch) which is not part of the Jewish Canon but is prevalent in the Judaic tradition, where they are named as Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel, Remiel and Saraqael. While this book today is non-canonical in most Christian Churches, it was explicitly quoted in the New Testament (Letter of Jude 1:14-15) and by many of the early Church Fathers. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church to this day regards it to be canonical.

In the late 5th to early 6th century, Pseudo-Dionysius gives them as Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Chamuel, Jophiel, and Zadkiel.

The earliest Christian mention is by Pope Saint Gregory I who lists them as Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel (or Anael), Simiel, Oriphiel and Raguel. A later reference to seven archangels would appear in an 8th or 9th century talisman attributed to Auriolus, a "servant of God" in north-western Spain. He issues a prayer to "all you patriarchs Michael, Gabriel, Cecitiel, Oriel, Raphael, Ananiel, Marmoniel ("who hold the clouds in your hands")

Guido Renis Archangel Michael Trampling Satan 1636

Guido Reni's Archangel Michael Trampling Satan, 1636.

Archangels in current church traditions


The Catholic Church recognizes three archangels, the three mentioned in its canon of Scripture: Gabriel and Michael, mentioned in the New Testament, and Raphael, mentioned in the book of Tobit, where he is described as "one of the seven angels who stand ready and enter before the glory of the Lord", a phrase recalled in Revelation 8:2-6.

"Synaxis of the Archangel Michael" An Eastern Orthodox Church icon of the "Seven Archangels". From left to right: Jegudiel, Gabriel, Selaphiel, Michael, Uriel, Raphael, Barachiel, Castiel. Beneath the mandorla of Christ Emmanuel are representations of Cherubim (in blue) and Seraphim (in red).

Some strands of the Eastern Orthodox Church, exemplified in the Orthodox Slavonic Bible (Ostrog Bible, Elizabeth Bible, and later consequently Russian Synodal Bible), recognize as authoritative also 2 Esdras, which mentions Uriel. Yet the Eastern Orthodox Church accepts only Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel.

As well as Uriel, the Book of Enoch, not regarded as canonical by any of these Christian churches, mentions (chapter 21) Raguel, Sariel, and Jerahmeel, while other apocryphal sources give instead the names Izidkiel, Hanael, and Kepharel.

In the Coptic Orthodox tradition the seven archangels are named as Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Suriel, Zadakiel, Sarathiel, and Ananiel.

In Anglican and Episcopal tradition, there are three or four archangels in its calendar for September 29 feast for St. Michael and All Angels (also called Michaelmas: namely Gabriel, Michael and Raphael), and often, Uriel.


castle of glass • lucifer & sam [FYICV] made by: svesh95

Castle Of Glass by Linkin Park

Take me down to the river bend
Take me down to the fighting end
Wash the poison from off my skin
Show me how to be whole again

Fly me up on a silver wing
Past the black where the sirens sing
Warm me up in a nova's glow
And drop me down to the dream below

'Cause I'm only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see
For you to see

Bring me home in a blinding dream,
Through the secrets that I have seen
Wash the sorrow from off my skin
And show me how to be whole again

'Cause I'm only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see
For you to see

'Cause I'm only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything else I need to be

'Cause I'm only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see
For you to see
For you to see

Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory (2000), which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries. Their following studio album Meteora continued the band's success, topping the Billboard 200 album chart in 2003, and was followed by extensive touring and charity work around the world. In 2003, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth-greatest band of the music video era and the third-best of the new millennium. Billboard ranked Linkin Park No. 19 on the Best Artists of the Decade chart. In 2012, the band was voted as the greatest artist of the 2000s in a Bracket Madness poll on VH1. In 2014, the band was declared as the Biggest Rock Band in the World Right Now by Kerrang!
Here is a nice video about the archangels.


Weapons of Heaven || Archangels made by: AnAngelsHuman's channel

Weapon of Heaven by Sinister Souls & Loop Stepwalker

And tiny tribute video about Lucifer.


~Ψ Lucifer Tribute Ψ~ made by: MurdererVampire

Dead Silence Theme Song by Charles Clouser / Charlie Clouser

Archangels low

"Synaxis of the Archangel Michael" An Eastern Orthodox Church icon of the "Seven Archangels". From left to right: Jegudiel, Gabriel, Selaphiel, Michael, Uriel, Raphael, Barachiel, Castiel. Beneath the mandorla of Christ Emmanuel are representations of Cherubim (in blue) and Seraphim (in red).

Quotes:

Lucifer: Well, that leads me to my next question. Where's the big burrito himself? Where's God in all of this?
Sam: All current indications of his presence, are that there are no current indications of his presence.
Lucifer: What? Caught the fun bus out of town. Figures.
Dean: What was that?
Amara: The future. The inevitable result of our first meeting, what you've been feeling since that moment. What we both felt, that we're bonded. You're the one who set me free.
Dean: No, that was an accident.
Amara: It was destiny. You bore the Mark, I am the original Mark. You and I will be together.
Dean: No, no that's not gonna happen.
Amara: It's so simple Dean, we will become one. Why wouldn't you want that?
Minutiae:

This is the first episode of season 11 where the Impala does not make an appearance..

References:

azlyrics.com
en.wikipedia.org
supernaturalwiki.com

Cover art by: FIGHT THE FAIRIES! @Alice_Mars_Mann Her instagram

Which of the archangels are your favorite? What did you think about the song and video? Share your thoughts below.
 

Comments  

LEAH
# LEAH 2015-12-18 14:36
Nice article Lilah. I enjoyed all the videos. I think I like the Linkin Park one best. I appreciate the work you put into researching all your themes. Thanks
Lilah_Kane
# Lilah_Kane 2015-12-18 20:09
Thanks! Sometimes the idea just goes with the flow and I like it. I learn at the same time something new while I pile these up. The first was my favorite too. Have watched it many times already. :)

- Lilah
Jen
# Jen 2015-12-18 21:22
As Leah said you do put alot into this article and I loved reading all the biblical articles. This next sentence was interesting ----- So does this mean there maybe another 3 archangels that we havn't seen yet ??
In the Coptic Orthodox tradition the seven archangels are named as Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Suriel, Zadakiel, Sarathiel, and Ananiel.

Could be interesting new characters to introduce we could use a new archangel since Michael. Raphael & Gabriel are or maybe dead mmmmmmmm :o:o:o:o Thank you
PS I also enjoyed the first video x Linken Park You don't get many videos on Sam and this one was well put togeather
Lilah_Kane
# Lilah_Kane 2015-12-19 07:34
Glad you love my articles. Sometimes the idea grows and I have more information to find about it like now. I don't think they will introduce more than the archangels we already have because all four we have had already have been so personal and known for years. I don't say it won't happen though. It would be a new direction to the lore, but they have not been even mentioned before so it would be a huuuuuge hiccup. Thanks for your thoughts! :)

- Lilah
Barbara Maake
# Barbara Maake 2015-12-19 07:37
Ah, Lilah. Thank you for the present of the Sam/Lucifer video. A whole video of my favorite character and my favorite SPN guest star ever- it's like Christmas came early!

I do have to disagree with you a bit about Gabriel, however. I love the character, but I don't know about him having a good heart. He hurt or killed a lot of people with a great deal of zest and creativity (and I admit it was often quite funny), so even though he ultimately decided to stand with humans against heaven, I don't think he was such a nice fellow. Which is perhaps why I enjoyed the character so much!
Lilah_Kane
# Lilah_Kane 2015-12-19 08:26
It is actually funny. I thought it would be easier to find a fan video about Sam and Lucifer but it wasn't. I am glad that the one I found was so good. Most of the time it would be Lucifer or Samifer (Sam playing Lucifer) but not about both of them and showing their story so to speak. So I am happy I found this. And I know what you mean about Gabriel. He did kill people but remember what they said about the Trickster? He did it only to bullies, wicked people etc. Although I don't think they deserved to be killed for it. Let's make a compromise, her was a bad/good guy! :D

- Lilah
Mallena
# Mallena 2015-12-19 15:23
Does it mean that something is wrong with me if my favorite scenes are anytime Sam is being tortured?? Maybe it's Jared' s fault for being that good at selling his mental/physical pain. I know in real life, I'm not good at expressing emotions, so this show lets me feel all the feels I'm afraid of in real life. Thanks for sharing these videos. I miss Zachariah, he was a great villain.
Lilah_Kane
# Lilah_Kane 2015-12-19 17:14
People watch the show in different reasons and it also effects people in different ways. So there is not really wrong way to watch the show but you can choose how to act from it. In good ways or bad and I have seen both. I am glad it helps you. That is one of the best ways. And I have a love/hate relationship with Zachariah. If you compare to the angels we have now I would take him any day back. I share the talent of the fans with pleasure. :)

- Lilah
YellowEyedSam
# YellowEyedSam 2015-12-19 18:17
You're not alone with the fondness for tortured Sam :D
Lilah_Kane
# Lilah_Kane 2015-12-20 00:35
:)