Departure: June 30th

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What does it mean?

I have been pondering the meaning of the well known Christmas song, "Oh come let us adore him." What does it mean to adore Christ? Wikipedia defines adoration as: Adoration (Latin) is to give homage or worship to someone or something.

"I adore the Lord>" This is not a phrase Iwould commonly use. It's more likely I'd say, "I love the Lord," or "I worship the Lord." But adore seems a bit archaic. Actually it has some pretty anchient meanings. Here's how adoration is defined in Wikipedia.

Ad, to, and ora, mouth; (i.e. "carrying to one's mouth "), primarily an act of homage or worship, which, among the Romans, was performed by raising the hand to the mouth, kissing it and then waving it in the direction of the adored object. The devotee had his head covered, and after the act turned himself round from left to right. Sometimes he kissed the feet or knees of the images of the gods themselves, and Saturn and Hercules were adored with the head bare.
By a gradual transition the homage, at first paid to divine beings alone, came to be paid to monarchs. Thus the Greek and Roman emperors were adored by bowing or kneeling, laying hold of the imperial robe, and presently withdrawing the hand and pressing it to the lips.

So, when I say, "I adore the Lord", I suppose I'm saying, "I worship Him." It's more than merely passing affection though. I don't simply kiss my hand and wave it in his direction. At least, I hope there's more than that to this whole adore issue.

Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him! I'm just stuck on that phrase. I am going to have to do some more research on this whole issue. Anyone want to join me?

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