are the special duties of angels?
will be pointed out, angels are delegated special duties, and one of them
is appointed to function in connection with prayer. It was said: "After
all the places of worship have completed their services, the angel who is
appointed over prayer gathers up all the devotions which had been offered
in all the places of worship, forms them into crowns and sets them upon
the head of the Holy One, blessed be He."
Since this is a homily
on the verse, "0 Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh
come," the intention could not possibly be to describe the angel
as an intermediary between the worshipper and God. Such an idea would
be in direct contradiction with the general teaching that "He is
near to all who call upon Him in truth." We have to see in the passage
nothing more than a play on the word adecha (unto Thee), the consonants
of which are capable of being read as edyecha (Thy adornment);
and the prayers alluded to are doubtless the expressions of praise of
God which are prominent in the Hebrew service.
 Exodus Rabah 21:4
 Psalms 65:2