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84. Exterior Acts of Religion: Adoration

1. Divine adoration or latria is worship given to Godalone. It is the highest type of religious reverence. The reverencewe pay to the saints and angels is called dulia.Sometimes, especially in the older books and formulas, dulia iscalled adoration; but it is never calleddivineadoration. And the chief act of latria or divine adoration (thatis, the act of sacrifice), is never performed to express dulia, butonly to express latria; sacrifice is offered to God alone.{-To Mary, the Mother of God, is offered a reverencewhich is higher than that offered to the other saints and to theangels; this reverence to Mary is called hyperdulia. It isa superior form of dulia; it is never latria. Latria is divineworship, divine adoration; it is given to no creatures, not even tothe most perfect of creatures; it is given only to God.-}

2. We are divinely commanded to adore God with our entirebeing -heart, soul, mind, strength-for we are, body and soul,God's creatures and children. Hence, there must be external orexterior acts of latria as well as internal acts. To be sure, allsuch exterior acts have meaning as the expression of interioradoration in the soul.

3. God is rightly adored at all times and in all places.But, for the formal exercise of external acts of latria, it isfitting, and even necessary, that there should be a special andsuitable place for divine worship.

"God has no need of men."
St Philip Neri

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"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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