the Powers and Dynamis

Dynamis

 

      1. strength power, ability
      1. inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
      2. power for performing miracles
      3. moral power and excellence of soul
      4. the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
      5. power and resources arising from numbers
      6. power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts.

 

Powers – Choir

One of the nine accepted choirs of angels according to the celestial organization developed by the sixth century theologian Dionysius the Areopagite; also called potentates, authorities, Dynamis, and forces, the powers are placed in the second triad of the nine choirs and are numbered sixth overall. The powers were supposedly the very first of the angels created by God, although this disagrees with the teaching that all angels came into existence at the same moment. They are described as having the task of defeating the efforts of the demons in overthrowing the world and are declared the awesome defenders of the cosmos against all evil and the maintainers of all cosmic order and equilibrium. They are guardians of the heavenly paths, policing the routes to and from heaven to the earth, which means that they concern themselves as well with humanity.