"Lord of Hosts"


#1

What does the phrase “Lord of Hosts” exactly mean. there are numerous references to it, but I am at a loss as to what it really means.

You thoughts are greatly appreciated.


#2

My dear friend

I’ve always understood it means Lord of the hosts of angels. it could mean angels and saints? But i think it refers to the angels who will be in a giant choir with the saints forever singing Holy, Holy, Holy lord. God of power and might…
As in mass and as in the book of revelation.

God bless you:thumbsup::slight_smile:
John


#3

Some translations I’ve seen give it as ‘Lord of armies’. Hosts just being a word for a large group (of ordinary people? soldiers? angels?)

St Michael is described as ‘leader of the heavenly hosts’, and it’s certainly meant in a warlike sense, as his job is to be the ‘general’ in the war between good and evil.


#4

Those definitions seem good to me. Were you thinking of host as in the Blessed Sacrament? Then the title would be confusing.


#5

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