In reading from the Book of Common Prayer this morning with my coffee, I reflected upon the divine order of the universe. Firstly, the Faith of our Fathers tells us that God is Lord. He is therefore a master, chief and ruler of the universe with authority and power over it. To be sure, God is no republican; he is our heavenly King and we are his subjects. He has created a hierarchical order in the heavens and upon earth with himself as Sovereign, the angels below him, humans below the angels and animals below humans. Within this structure there are gradations of hierarchy as well, created by our Lord, the Governor of all things. Hierarchy and order are divine creations:
O Lord our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world : thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens!
Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies : that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
For I will consider thy heavens, even the works of thy fingers : the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained.
What is man, that thou art mindful of him : and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Thou madest him lower than the angels : to crown him with glory and worship.
Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands : and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet;
All sheep and oxen : yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea : and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas.
O Lord our Governor : how excellent is thy Name in all the world!
Source: BCP (1662 edition) 353