Honoring of Mary and the saints?

what is it with honouring of Mary like our lady of (instead a place)? or even the saints?

We do NOT adore Mary or the Saints. ONLY GOD should get our adoration.

We honor them. One of the Commandments is to honor our Mothers and Fathers. Well Mary is Our Spiritual Mother given to us by Jesus on the cross. The Saints are our spiritual brothers and sisters (ancestors) who have gone before us and have given us an example of how we should live for God. Why wouldn’t we honor them. Some of them walked with Jesus and heard Him speak and Saw personally how He lived. But they all have lessons for us on how to be Christ like in our lives.


Can you give us your understanding of adoration?



Words like adoration, veneration, worship, even prayer, change meanings, usually through groups wishing to ‘narrow’ the usage to make it (in their opinion) more accurately reflect their own points of view.

We still have perfumes called J’Adore --I adore (you). Are people adoring perfume as a god?

In Britain judges are called “your worship”. Do British people worship their judges as a god?

See what I mean? (and don’t even start me on ‘gay’)

Catholics, whose faith traditions span 2000 years, and whose teachers, theologians, and writers also span those years, wrote words which meant what they meant THEN, and which still mean that even if some contemporary folks have decided to ‘change and narrow’ the meaning.

If I’m reading a book from the late 1890s and the author refers to 'gay times" or the character as being ‘young and gay’, that book and author are referring to a time or person who is HAPPY, not homosexual. That has to be understood, and the word ‘gay’ is NOT to be used to mean homosexual in that book or for that character, because that was not the meaning then, and is still not the meaning NOW for many people who will not allow words to be hijacked at the whim of a few loud noisy Philistines.

So if I’m reading from a work of centuries ago, or a work of contemporary people for whom the word ‘adore’ still reflects a broad definition meaning deep respect and love, but not ‘limited to God alone’, then I must understand and respect that the work or the people using that word mean it to be used in that original sense, and not in a modern, narrow, and nowhere near universal sense of ‘to God alone’.

It really isn’t all that difficult, because we use broad terms every day for all sorts of things, and we simply elaborate on them if others question them, without getting snippy or demanding that others MUST change their views to suit ours.



If by your use of the word “adoration”, you mean what Catholics call “latria”, there isn’t any.

No latria given to mere humans, angels, etc. Period.

I am good with that.

If YOU think a baby is “adorable” and by that YOU mean she is cute, cuddly, etc. (But you do not give this baby “latria”) then I am good with that too.

If you think a brand of chocolate “is to die for” and you do NOT MEAN it is worthy to have “Sacrifice” offered to it (but merely mean this brand of chocolate tastes very good), I would probably suggest a different euphemism (if you asked) but I would not have an issue with you really liking such chocolate.

And I would also NOT ACCUSE you of worshipping the chocolate or any other inanimate object (unless I had more evidence you DID WORSHIP such an object).

God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are worthy of and receive latria. And ONLY God gets latria from Catholics and ONLY God is worthy of latria.

Saints in Heaven get “dulia” (doo-lee-ah) or “veneration” though. But NO latria.

(Blessed Virgin Mary receives special veneration for Her unique and special graces given to Her and Her fidelity. The Blessed Virgin Mary receives hyperdulia. St. JOSEPH sometimes is said to receive protodulia.)

Again. ONLY God receives Latria from Catholics.

Any giving of latria to anyone or anything other that God is IDOL-latria or “idolatry”.

Hope this helps.

God bless.


The saints are very much our older siblings. They are wiser, they have finished the race, they are nearer God, they are role models, and they care about us. The Church is not just the people on Earth. There is ONE Church, one Body of Christ, and those of us on Earth, in Purgatory, and in Heaven are part of it. Those in Heaven are like a cloud of witnesses. It pleases God that those in His Church pray for each other and do good deeds for each other and worship together. Therefore it is pleasing to God for the saints in Heaven to pray for us and for us to ask for their prayers, and for us to pray for the souls in purgatory and on Earth. The saints in Heaven are also marvelous works that God has made, and it’s pleasing to Him and honors Him when we recognize and honor them.

We’re sometimes careless with words, but traditionally, the word “adore” is used for worship given to God and “venerate” for honor given to saints. The use of the word “worship” has also evolved in recent years. You used to say you’d worship a king or call a judge “your worship” and nobody were confused by what you meant. People more narrowly use ot for worshipping God in recent years. Also, “to pray” meant to ask, perhaps humbly. It didn’t originate as a word used for God alone.


I apologies, I should of used the word Honor. thank you.

I thought it was true that Mary is the co-Redemtrix and that Catholics pray to Mary asking Her to save us?

how do you pray to these saint? how does it work?

I’m sorry, I think you know better and you’re internationally using the wrong terminology. I could be wrong, but this seems like a total troll post.

Mary is ‘co-Redemptrix’ because she ‘co-operated’ with God in bringing forth Christ Jesus. No Mary, no Jesus.

And IF there were a Catholic praying to Mary asking her help and intercession (as in, speaking for us to God as a mother would speak up for her children), the only way she would be involved is through Jesus. HE saves us, but He permits His saving grace to go ‘through’ anyone. Heck, He permits His grace to go through US to help others, doesn’t He?? Personally, off the top of my head, I cannot think of any prayer or litany to Mary which asks HER to ‘save us’ unless that would be followed by "through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ’.

If you had an altar call, I think you would certainly ‘credit’ the pastor doing the calling with your salvation, wouldn’t you? You might say, “I am saved through the grace of Christ, who used Pastor Jim Bob to move me to come forth and confess Jesus as Lord”. Right?

What exactly is the difference between Christ’s grace operating through Pastor Jim Bob, or through the teaching of your parents, or through the Virgin Mary? It all comes FROM Him, and operates THROUGH them. . .

No, I use the wrong word, I am sorry; I should change the title if I can.

So are we to understand why you are questioning the practice of honoring Mary and the saints?

Isn’t it kind of self-explanatory?

Do you honor your father and mother?

Do you honor those who follow Christ?

Do you think that St. Paul in witnessing about Jesus was doing a good thing? Are you grateful that St. Paul was inspired to teach about Jesus?

Do you honor your pastor? Do you think he or she is a good person who is trying to bring Jesus to the world? Are you grateful for his or her witness?

thank you, I made a simple mistake. I was trying to use the word worship and thinking based on how someone describe the honoring of Mary as adoration. it backfire though, thank you for correcting me.

thank you for the explanation.

Pathway, yours is a very simple and common question among non-Catholics. A little study will help you understand. Try the Catholic Catechism if you sincerely want to explore it. Since you are Anglican, you might also want to consider how Anglicanism broke from 1500 years of Catholic tradition in this regard.

We honor Mary and the saints as great role models in our Christian walk, since they model holiness and are very much with us at every step of our lives. For Catholics, those who have died are very much concerned with those on earth: there’s a very thin veil between the two realms, unlike in Protestantism. In the same way you might ask your mother, or your dear friends, for help in all sorts of matters, we also turn to our friends the saints for help. It is really quite practical and simple; not a mystery at all. The mystery for me is why someone might think those who have died and are with God don’t care about us on earth! In fact, they are now perfected in charity, and of far more help to us on earth now they when they were living. This belief is called the “Communion of Saints.”

That’s quite all right. Bless you for asking questions. . .that’s the way you’ll find answers.

how do you ask for help by asking the saints?

Mary can intercede for us. Just like when you ask another person to pray for you, we can ask Mary (or a Saint) to add her prayers to our prayers and bring them directly to Her Son because She’s right there with Him and She is His Mom. Remember Mary or any Saint can do NOTHING unless it were made possible for them to do so from God. ONLY God can do miracles or save us or anything of that type. Mary and the Saints can ask Him for us just like we can (the more asking the better) but it God’s choice or will to do it or not. NO ONE BUT GOD can work miracles but He does use others to do the miracles or to have the miracles worked through them for our sake and for their pleading on our behalf that they have done.

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