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« on: April 15, 2011, 01:10:42 AM »

If you were to give an explanation of the definition of worship, what would you say?
And what would you say is the difference between worship of God, and the veneration of saints?

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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2011, 02:19:18 AM »

I would say that worship is individually and corporately confessing our complete dependence upon Christ and His Cross for our salvation, beseeching His forgiveness and mercy, offering Him our thanksgiving and praise, and literally and mystically receiving Him into our bodies and souls through the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist.

I know that may not be absolutely "theologically correct," but off the top of my head that's what I would say.


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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2011, 06:37:08 AM »

"A mercy of peace, a sacrifice of praise."  angel

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2011, 03:38:51 PM »

Receiving God's Gifts and returning thanks for them.

I'd say the difference between that and veneration of the saints is we are not receiving the Gifts of God through the Saints nor returning thanks to them, but merely adoring and loving them for their examples to us and requesting their intercession before the Throne of God.  Worship of God is a relationship between Creator and created.  Adoration of the Saints is a friendship between two created beings.

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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2011, 03:48:33 PM »

worship God is adoring Him, doing what He asks and declaring Him to be far superior to us.
it's thinking of Him first every day, praising Him in every happy moment and asking for His help when we are in need.

venerating the saints is thanking God for their lives, congratulating them on arriving ahead of us, asking them to pray to God for Him to forgive our sins and us asking God to help us learn from their example (and in some cases, also from their mistakes).

God is our Father, creator and saviour.
the saints are our big brothers/sisters, colleagues and role models.
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