|Js 5:14-15||Joshua prostrate before angel|
|Dn 8:17||Daniel prostrate before Gabriel|
|Tb 12:16||Tobias, Tobit fall before Raphael|
|Mt 18:10||angels in heaven see face of God||We venerate (honor) those who have seen the face of God, for they are in deep union with our Creator. We do not worship the creation, but honor it as a reflection of the Almighty.|
|Lk 1:28||angel honors Mary||A being from heaven, who obviously knows grace, venerates the human Mary by declaring that she is full of grace.|
Blessed art thou "Such a phrase," says Protestant critic Campbell, " is, in the Hebrew idiom, an expression of the superlative." Samuel T. Bloomfield [Protestant English clergyman (vicar of Bisbrooke) and Biblical textual critic] renders it: "the happiest, most fortunate art thou of women."
We believe, with St. Epiphanius, that "it is no less criminal to vilify the holy Virgin, than to glorify her above measure." We know that honor due the mother of God is derived from the merits of her Son. She is not equal to her Son, but has had a special honor bestowed upon her.
|1 Jn 3:2||we shall be like him, see him|
|1 Th 1:5-6||you followed us and the Lord||you honored (or venerated) our example|
|1 Th 1:7-8||and you become examples to others||and became examples to others (for them to honor) in return. |
|He 13:7||remember leaders, imitate them|
|Lk 16:19-30||dead intercedes for living|
|He 3:3||Jesus has more glory than Moses||This does not say that Moses has no glory or honor. Rather it draws the distinction between honor due our fathers in the faith and the worship that is due to God alone.|
|He 6:12||imitate the faithful in Christ||So that we can become more like them|
|Pp 2:25-29||Paul: honor Epaphroditus, faith co-worker||If Paul asks us to honor his living co-worker in the faith, how much more should we honor those who have died for the faith?|
|1 Pt 2:17||Peter: honor all men, honor the king||If we are to honor all men, how much more honor should we bestow on those who have followed Christ, even unto death?|