Angelici a heretical sect of the 3d century, supposed to have gained the appellation in consequence of their worship of angels. The practice was imitated in the time of Chrysostom, and called forth his animadversions in his Homilies on the Colossians; and the Council of Laodicea enacted a severe canon accompanied with the denunciation of anathema to restrain it. That council says, "Christians ought not to forsake the Church of God, and go aside, and hold conventicles to invocate or call upon the names of angels; which things are forbidden. If any one, therefore, be found to exercise himself in this private idolatry, let him be accursed, because he hath forsaken our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and gone over to idolatry." — Epiphanius, fler. 60; Lardner, Works, 2, 602.

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