Haile Selassie I - Knight of the Order of the Seraphim
2010 02 02

From: wikipedia.org



Haile Selassie I (23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975), born Tafari Makonnen, was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. The heir to a dynasty that traced its origins to the 13th century, and from there by tradition back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Haile Selassie is a defining figure in both Ethiopian and African history.


Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia's Coat of Arms as Knight of the Order of the Seraphim

Riddarholmskyrkan or Riddarholm Church is the pantheon of Sweden (used as such 1290-1950), located on Riddarholmen (Knight's Island) in the old town of Stockholm. Only exceptionally have a few kings and other royals of Sweden been buried elsewhere, the main exceptions being Upsala Cathedral, Vreta Cloister, Alvastra Abbey (ruins), and Varnhem Church. A few foreign monarchs who also ruled Sweden were buried in Denmark, Norway, Poland and Germany. In the 20th century, the Royal Cemetery at Karlsborg or Kungliga begravningsplatsen in the capital's northern suburb of Solna began to be used, as this funerary building was considered full. It is no longer classified as a working church.

See more here Riddarholmskyrkan

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More on the Seraphim

Seraphim in the Book of Enoch
The 2nd-century BC Book of Enoch also mentions the Seraphim, but the term used is the Greek drakones (δράκονες meaning "serpents"). Enoch was never accepted in the Hebrew canon, but it was widely read and quoted by early Christians -- most notably in the Epistle of Jude, which was included in the New Testament canon. From the usage of the word "saraph" in this late text, Christian exegesis identifies as seraphim the snakes responsible for the deaths of the blaspheming Israelites in Numbers chapter 21:"And the LORD sent fiery serpents. And the LORD sent fiery serpents (Sraphim, in hebrew)".
And if we continue to read about the Seraphim we see that there are some interesting names attributed to this angelic order:

Elaborating upon the Christian celestial hierarchy that was created by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, the expanding modern literature of angelology has assigned many names to the unnamed seraphim.

• Seraphiel
• Metatron
• Uriel
• Nathanael
• Gabriel
• Jehoel
• Chamuel (Kemuel, Shemuel)
• Lucifer
• Satan
• Abaddon
• Asmodeus
• Astaroth
• Leviathan
• Samael
• Semyazza
So is the Order of the Seraphim really the Order of the fallen angels?

Well, we have to return to that in another article. In the meantime you can read some more official, but still interesting stuff:

Order of the Seraphim

The Order of the Seraphim (in Hebrew for a category of Angels) or the Order of His Majesty the King (Swedish Serafimerorden or Kungl. Maj:ts Orden) is a Swedish Royal order of chivalry created by King Frederick I of Sweden on 23 February 1748, together with the Order of the Sword and the Order of the Polar Star. After the reorganization of the orders in 1975 the order is only awarded to foreign heads of state and members of the royal family. The order has only one grade with the dignity of Knight (Member for women and clergymen), and is the foremost order of Sweden.

When a knight of the Order dies, his coat of arms is hung in the former royal burial church Riddarholmskyrkan in Stockholm, and when the funeral takes place the church bells are rung constantly from 12:00 to 13:00.

Insignia
Knights and Members of the Order wear the badge on a collar (chain) or on a sash on the right shoulder, and the star on the left chest:
* The collar of the Order is in gold, with eleven double crosses enamelled in blue and eleven seraphim.

* The badge of the Order is a white-enamelled gilt Maltese Cross, with a gilt double cross on each arm of the cross, and gilt seraphim between the arms of the cross. The obverse central disc is in blue enamel, with a white-enamelled "IHS" Christogram amongst Three Crowns; beneath this are three nails with which Jesus Christ was crucified. The reverse central disc is also in blue enamel, with white-enamelled letters "FRS" (Fredericus, Rex Sueciae, Frederick King of Sweden). The badge is topped by a gilt crown.

* The star of the Order is the same as the obverse of the badge, except the crosses and seraphim are in silver and without enamel, and is not topped by a crown.

* The ribbon (sash) of the Order is pale blue.
The above on the Order of the Seraphim is from: Order of the Seraphim

Also see: Wallenberg, the aristocrats of Swedish business and the Order of the Seraphim

Church of St. George, Lalibela: The Amazing Monolithic Churches of Ethiopia - The Lalibela

Haile Selassie I was a member of the following Orders:

Chief Commander of the Order of the Star of Ethiopia - 1909
Grand Cordon of the Order of Solomon - 1930
Riband of the Three Military Orders Of Christ
Knight of the Order of the Most Holy Annunciation - 1928
Order of the Elephant - 1954
Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau of Luxembourg - 1924
Collar of the Order of the Seraphim - 1954
Maha Chakri - 1954
Order of Suvorov 1st class of USSR - 1959
Collar of the Order of Muhammad Ali of Egypt - 1930
Grand Cross of the Legion d'Honneur - 1924
Chief Commander of the Legion of Merit - 1945
Grand Collar of the Order of Pahlavi - 1964
Collar of the Order of the Aztec Eagle - 1954
Royal Victorian Chain (RVC) - 1930
Knight of the Order of the Garter (KG) - 1954
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) - 1924
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) - 1917
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) - 1924
Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum-1956 (Grand Cordon-1930)
Order of St James of the Sword of Portugal
Order of the Liberator San Martin of Argentina
Order of the Nile of Egypt
Order of Pius IX of the Vatican - 1970
Order of Idris I of Libya
Order of Independence of Tunisia
Order of Hussein ibn Ali of the Jordan
Order of Muhammad of Morocco
Chain of Honor of the Sudan
Grand Order of the Hashemites of Iraq
Order of the Crown of Italy - 1917
Order of Leopold (Belgium) - 1924
Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus - 1924
Order of the Tower and Sword of Portugal - 1925
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of William - 1954
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion - 1930
Order of the White Eagle of Poland - 1930
Collar of the Order of St Olav of Norway - 1949
Collar of the Order of Charles III of Spain
Collar of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
Grand Cross of the National Order of Vietnam- 1958
Order of Truth of Burma - 1958
Collar of the Order of the Southern Cross of Brazil - 1958
Collar of the Order of the Leopard of Zaire
Order of the Lion of Senegal
Order of the Lion of Malawi
Order of Valor of Cameroon
Order of the Sun of Peru
Collar of the Order of the Bust of the Liberator Simon Bolivar of Venezuela
Order of the Condor of the Andes of Bolivia
Special Grade of the Order of the Propitious Clouds of China
Order of Oummaya of Syria
Order of Mono of Togo
Order of Congolese Merit of the Republic of the Congo
Order of the Leopard of Somalia - 1960
Order of the Equatorial Star of Gabon
Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Order of the Source of the Nile of Uganda
Order of the Eagle of Zambia
Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany - 1954
Collar of the Order of the Republic of Italy - 1955
National orders of Lebanon, Chile, Central Africa,Upper Volta, Chad, Benin, Mali, Madagascar, Mauritania, Guinea and Niger.
Collar of the National Order of Honor and Merit of Haiti - 1966
Knight Grand Band of the Order of the Pioneers of Liberia
Grand Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya
Grand Star of the Decoration of Honor for Merit of Austria - 1954
Star of the Republic of Indonesia, 1st Class - 1958
Raja of the Order of Sikatuna of the Philippines
Commander of the Order of the Shield and Spears of Uganda - 1964
Order of the Yugoslavian Grand Star - 1954
Order of Pakistan, 1st Class - 1958
Order of the State Crown of Malaysia - 1968
Order of King Abdul Aziz, 1st Class, of Saudi Arabia
Order of the Star of Ghana - 1970
Banner of the People's Republic of Hungary, 1st Class with Diamonds - 1964
Military Medal of France - 1954
Honorary citizen of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia - 1972
Honorary citizen of Belgrade - 1954



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