Angels exist in many religions, but particularly in Zoroastrianism, the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), and Mormonism. They are considered the “messengers of God.” In Judaism, they are considered countless and a part of the “heavenly hosts.” This carries into Christianity, which inherited the belief, and provided a structure for the “choirs” of angels. They consist of the lower order: virtues, powers, principalities, dominions, and thrones; angels, archangels, seraphim, and cheribum are among the higher order of angels.
Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions of Christianity have placed special devotion to a few particular archangels: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Michael is known as the archangel that will defeat Satan and place him in Hell where he many no longer harm humans in the final battle at the Last Days or Final Battle. It is even to find Roman Catholic statues and statuettes of this prophetic battle. Mormonism places emphasis on a particular set of angels that guide prophets, visionaries, and leaders in their faith, especially Joseph Smith who is believed to have been given the special revelation that Jesus appeared in the Americas after His resurrection.
In Islam, angels are a fundamental part of the faith. Humans are also regarded as superior to angels in Islam. In this faith, angels have particular duties: at God’s throne, praising God, blessing the righteous in Paradise, and torturing the damned.
Angels also have a place in popular culture. It is not uncommon to find pictures or statues of angels inside houses and churches. They also have appeared in television (fictional accounts) in such series as Highway to Heaven and my personal favorite Touched by an Angel. The latter has been very inspiring to me and uplifted my soul in times of distress or sadness, but also joy and inspiration. In that series, the angels helped ordinary and extraordinary people in their daily lives and find God in the times of despair.