ABBATON, (The angel of death)

, (The )

Abbaton occupies an important place in as the angel of death. Two texts, in particular, give us details of him: a homily attributed to , , and the . (See .)

According to the first text, the angel was originally called , and was given the task by God of collecting the earth used to form . The angel was then nominated guardian. Everyone, both incarnate and bodiless beings, feared him, but by his prayers, he obtained from God the promise that men who venerated him during their lifetime might be saved. An important role is also reserved for Abbaton on the day of the , as he will take the souls to the .

According to the second text, he was present in the at the moment of the .

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