MARY, OUR MOTHER

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A veneration greater than that of angels and saints - A Moment with Mary

 
 
 
 
 
-- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth 

May 6 – Our Lady of Saint John (Italy, 1658)  

A veneration greater than that of angels and saints

 

A fresco of a black Madonna and Jesus in Axum ...
A fresco of a black Madonna and Jesus in Axum Cathedral, Ethiopia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The veneration of the Virgin Mary is based on the dignity of Mother of God and the resulting consequences. We can indeed never overestimate the one whom the Incarnate Word reveres as His Mother, whom the Father contemplates lovingly as His beloved daughter and whom the Holy Spirit looks upon as His favored temple.
The Father treated her with great respect by sending an angel to greet her as full of grace, and asked for her consent in the work of the Incarnation for which He wanted to associate her so closely; the Son honored, obeyed and loved her as His Mother; the Holy Spirit came in her and took His delight in her. By venerating the Virgin Mary, we are simply associating ourselves with the three Divine Persons—we value what they Themselves value.
This veneration must be greater than the one we have for the angels and the saints because by her dignity as Mother of God, her role as mediatrix and her holiness, she surpasses all other creatures. Therefore, devotion to the Virgin Mary, even though it is a form of dulia (veneration reserved for saints) and not of latria (worship reserved for God), is rightly called hyperdulia, being greater than the one we give to angels and saints.

Adolphe Tanquerey,
In Précis de Théologie Ascétique et Mystique, 10th edition, Desclée et Cie, 1928