Veneration Of Relics

(1674) Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful. The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church’s sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc. (Page 466)

Webster’s 21st Century Dictionary defines Veneration as “respect deeply; WORSHIP; revere.” My friend, we are commanded not to worship anything or anyone but God. You can call it what you want, respect, revere. How can one respect an inanimate object? No, it is WORSHIP.

The Word of God teaches that we are to put no worldly value on inanimate objects. We are told to put our value on those things that have eternal value. Nothing material will last., It will all burn up in the end.

Matthew 6:19-20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.


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