Do we Worship the Humanity of Christ?


The Annunciation and Incarnation of Christ - by VERONESE, Paolo - from Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza, Pedralbes

 

To God, the Supreme Being, the Creator and Lord of all creation, and to Him alone we offer ADORATION, which is the most fundamental act of religion. It is an act by which we fulfill the precept given by God to Moses: "I am the Lord, your God . . . You shall not have strange gods before Me" (Exodus 20:2). Adoration expresses man’s recognition of God’s infinite perfection and complete dominion over man’s life and being, and his total dependence on his Creator. From this it is clear that the Worship of Adoration should be given to no person apart from God.

 

Do we Worship the Humanity of Christ?

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From the Catholic Encyclopedia

The Human Nature of Christ, united Hypostatically with the Divine Nature, is Adored with the same Worship as the Divine Nature. We adore the Word when we adore Christ the Man; but the Word is God. The Human Nature of Christ is not at all the reason of our Adoration of Him; that reason is only the Divine Nature. The Entire-Term of our Adoration is the Incarnate Word; the Motive of the Adoration is the Divinity of the Incarnate Word. The Partial-Term of our Adoration may be the Human Nature of Christ: the Motive of the Adoration is the same as the Motive of the Adoration that reaches the Entire-Term. Hence, the Act of Adoration of the Word Incarnate is the same absolute Act of Adoration that reaches the Human Nature. The Person of Christ is Adored with the cult called Latria. But the cult that is due to a Person is due in like manner to the Whole Nature of that Person and to all its parts. Hence, since the Human Nature is the Real and True nature of Christ, that Human Nature and all Its Parts are the object of the cult called Latria, i.e., Adoration.

 

From the Council of Ephesus

"If anyone dare to say that the Man assumed should be adored besides the Divine Word, as though these were distinct Persons; and does not rather honor the Emmanuel with One (1) Single Adoration, inasmuch as the Word was made flesh; let him be Anathema".  [Council of Ephesus, Part I, Chapter 26]

 

From the Second Council of Constantinople

"If anyone say that Christ is adored in Two (2) Natures, so as to introduce Two (2) Distinct Adorations, and does not adore God the Word made flesh with the One (1) and the same Adoration as His Flesh, as the Church has handed down from the beginning; let such a one be Anathema".

 

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