Jerahmeel | Archangel

Archangel Jeremiel is a prominent figure within the divine realm, known for his close proximity
to the throne of God. His name derives from Hebrew meaning “grace of God” or “whom God
lifts up.” Within the ancient text of 2 Esdras, also known as 4 Ezra, Jeremiel is referenced in
chapter 4, verse 36, as an angelic being who answered Ezra’s inquiries regarding the nature of
heaven and hell.
Throughout history, the role and responsibilities assigned to Jeremiel have varied. In
pre-Christian eras, he was tasked with overseeing the region of the underworld known as Sheol,
specifically the “bosom of Abraham” where righteous souls awaited divine judgment. In later
times, his duties evolved to include serving as a guide and gatekeeper for souls seeking passage
into heaven, alongside Saint Simon Peter.
Orthodox Christian faith typically recognizes seven Archangels, including Michael, Gabriel,
Raphael, Uriel, Selathiel, Jegudiel, and Barachiel. However, some interpretations add an eighth
Archangel to the pantheon, that being Jeremiel.
Iconographically, Jeremiel is often depicted holding scales, symbolizing his role in weighing the
deeds of the deceased and guiding them towards their ultimate destiny. While his legacy and
history are complex and varied, there is little doubt that Archangel Jeremiel continues to inspire
awe and reverence among those who seek to understand the mysteries of the divine realm.

Commemoration day: November 8