Wednesday, February 14, 2007

More Greek Theology Words

We learned these three words in Fr. Mateo's Refuting the Attack on Mary. They are used to formally define the difference in honor/veneration given to God and to the Saints. That such terms exist for these definitions might be helpful in explaining Catholic belief to those who think that Catholics worship Mary and the Saints...

latria - Adoration - supreme worship given to God alone.

dulia - veneration and invocation (quite simply - asking them to pray for you!) offered to saints and angels

hyperdulia - special category for Our Lady - the highest veneration and invocation offered to a created being

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