Are there different ranks among the angels?

Yes, there seems to be. Maybe a better way to put it would be to say that they have been assigned different duties.
There is only one Archangel and that is the Archangel Michael. He is mentioned in Jude 9; But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not

Michael

Michael

himself dare to condemn him for slander, but said; the Lord rebuke you!
Michael is mentioned also in 1 Thessalonians 4: 16, but he is not mentioned by name. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God…
He is mentioned by name in the book of Daniel however where he is referred to not as the Archangel, but the Chief Prince. Then Michael, one of the chief princes came to help me…but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince (Daniel 10: 13, 21). The possessive pronoun “your” signifies that his assignment at that time was to fight for and protect God’s people (the children of Israel). This is the case also in Daniel 12:1; At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise.
Other than Michael, Scripture only mentions one other angel by name and that is Gabriel. Gabriel appeared to Daniel in the Old Testament to interpret his visions (Daniel 8:15), to Zechariah announcing the birth of John (Luke 1:19), and to Mary announcing the birth of Jesus (Luke 1: 26).

An important message for Mary

An important message for Mary

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