The Principalities of this World
These angelic princes have been tasked with the care and stewardship of the kingdoms of men. They exemplify in the most excellent way the supreme kingship of the true King of Kings. Thus, possessing the Divine Supremacy to the fullest of their capability, they duly manifest in this world the Divine Command governing all tribes, peoples, and nations. Further, such Celestial Princes are tasked with inspiring all leaders who walk in the fear of the Lord, preserving them from corruption and malice according to the Divine Will, while also protecting and guarding the faithful flock who follow the voice of the Shepard.
St. Paul speaks about the Principalities in Ephesians 6:12 and Colossians 2:15 as our adversaries and enemies. Some have misinterpreted his words by thinking that all the Principalities have fallen. This idea has a grain of truth, since each angelic being says “yes” to the Almighty’s call to serve according to its choir. Thus, it follows that each demon says “no” to God according to its choir as well. Many nations on earth, no doubt under the guidance of evil principalities, have worked against God’s will, especially before God walked on earth as a Man.
However, the Psalmist wrote: “All the nations thou hast made shall come and adore before thee, O Lord: and they shall glorify thy name. For thou art great and dost wonderful things: thou art God alone” (Ps 86:9-10); and St. John tells us that the leaves of the Tree of Life will be used “for the healing of the nations (Rev 22:2). From these verses, we see that nations and kingdoms have a place in Heaven, and this must be through the ministry of the Principalities that serve God.
Additionally, St. John was directed to write letters to the angels of the seven churches in Revelations 2. These angels charged with guiding and leading certain parts of Christ’s Mystical Body are Principalities.
These noble angels are the highest Choir of the First Heaven. They receive and duly pass down the Divine directive unto the two lower choirs of Archangels and Angels, presiding over them just as nations preside over families and individuals.