The powers are so called because they have power over the evil one, in order to restrain the power of the demons, to repulse the temptations brought upon people by them, and to prevent the demons from harming anyone to the degree that they would wish. The powers strengthen the good ascetics in spiritual struggles and labors, protecting them so that they may not be deprived of the Heavenly Kingdom. They help those wrestling with passions and vices to cast out evil thoughts and slanders of the enemy and to conquer the evil one.
|First Hierarchy: Seraphim | Cherubim | Thrones
|Second Hierarchy: Powers | Dominions | Principalities
|Third Hierarchy: Virtues | Archangels | Angels