Sealtiel, also known as Selathiel or Selaphiel, is an archangel named in apocryphal writings. His
name is derived from Hebrew, where it means “prayer” or “commandment of God”. Along with
Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, and Uriel, Sealtiel is one of the seven archangels mentioned in early
Middle Age writings. The Byzantine Orthodox Churches, in particular, held Sealtiel, Barachiel,
and Jehudiel in high regard. Although Uriel, Barachiel, Jehudiel, and Sealtiel were not officially
recognized by the Western Church, there is evidence of their worship in both the Middle Ages
and Baroque period.
The Book of Enoch, believed to have been written between 130 BC and 68 AD, identifies “seven
holy angels always watching”, suggesting that the seven archangels may have existed even
earlier than previously believed. In the 15th century, Amadeus Menez de Silva, a prominent
monk, proposed his concept of the seven archangels, identifying Sealtiel as one of them.
Sealtiel is often depicted in Christian iconography with his arms crossed over his chest in prayer,
representing his devotion to God. He is also depicted as one of the seven archangels in the
iconography of the Orthodox Church. Sealtiel is known for his role as a guardian angel,
particularly for those born on Thursdays. He is believed to fight against the spirit of excess and
addiction, and intercedes for those who call upon him.
In conclusion, Sealtiel is a revered figure in both Christian and Orthodox traditions, known for
his unwavering devotion and protective role as a guardian angel. His representation as one of
the seven archangels carries great significance and highlights his importance in religious history.