Mentioned in the Apocalypse (4,4; 5, 5,8; 7, 13; 19,4; 21,12-14) as part of the Court of the Lamb of God whom they adore and to whom they offer the prayers of the saints. They are clothed in white garments, have gold crowns, and number 24. The number is perhaps symbolical, representing the twelve Apostles and the twelve tribes of Israel or according to Bishop Blane, the twelve patriarchs of the Old Law.

MLA Citation

  • “ancients”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 August 2013. Web. 25 February 2021. <>