The virtues, known as “The Brilliant or Shining
Ones,” are the angels of miracles, encouragement,
and blessings who become involved
wherever people are struggling with their faith.
David is said to have received encouragement
from virtues to do battle against Goliath. The
virtues are also the angels from whom Abraham
drew his strength when God asked him to sacrifice
his only son, Isaac. The principal duties of these angels are to
work miracles on Earth. They are allowed to intervene with respect to
the physical laws of the earth, but they are also responsible for supporting
these laws. Valor is brought forth to humankind, as is the
virtue of grace, by this choir, the fifth in the Dionysian scheme.