A Thesis on the Veneration of Aenguls and Daemons
Et Principia Ecclesiae Dogma:
“The Principles of Faith
I believe with perfect faith that to the Creator, Blessed be His Name, and to Him alone, it is right to worship, and that it is not right to worship any being besides Him.”
It has been well-established in recent times that prayer directed towards the Aenguls is not only permissible but also virtuous, and good for one’s soul. In the Compendium of the Aengulic Hierarchies(a text which, although it is not infallible, has received some degree of Church approval), a number of different prayers are offered to the Aenguls. These prayers do not constitute the paganism of ‘Aengulic Worship’, an ancient and evil practice that infested human nations for centuries, but rather they simply venerate the Aenguls in the same manner as saints. Veneration, not worship, is permissible. As the Catechism explains:
Catechism of the Canonist Church:
“No. Canonists do not worship anyone but the one God of the Seven Skies, who created all things. What Canonists offer to Saints and Blessed is called “veneration,” which is sincere respect for their holiness and virtue. It is distinct from worship because the venerator does not believe the Saint has any power outside of that granted by God, and does not offer his submission or obedience to the Saint. The difference between veneration and worship is the difference between honoring one’s elders and obeying one’s father.”
And so, we apply these same principles to Aenguls, and their veneration is permitted.
However, the problem lies in the conflation of Aenguls and Daemons. Since both are often grouped together as “Immortals”(as they are referred to in Scripture) or “Aengudaemonic beings”(in certain academic texts), there has been a growing belief among Canonists that the veneration of Daemons is also permissible. This is false.
The veneration of Aenguls, as with saints and the blessed, is permissible because for both groups the Church teaches infallibly that they are in total service of the Creator. When the Church promulgates a canonisation or beatification, it declares that that soul resides in the Seven Skies and has been perfected in the presence of God. Likewise, Aenguls are taught to be the Creator’s servants and also completely sinless. It is permissible to pray for their intercession for this reason: we know with perfect faith that our prayers are being offered to the Seven Skies, and that they shall intercede on our behalf before God.
The key difference between Aenguls and Daemons which forbids the veneration of the latter is on the matter of free will. For while Aenguls are completely in God’s service and may never sin or reject Him, Daemons have the capacity to choose between good and evil.
Et Principia Ecclesiae Dogma:
“Aenguls and Daemons
The Faith holds that Aenguls and Daemons are true, physical beings with a presence in the world and powers granted by the Creator. According to the Canon, they possess free thought, and worship the Creator in total obedience. Aenguls are devoid of will and thus total servants the Creator, while Daemons are alike to humans and can choose between good and evil.”
So, while Daemons were created to serve God and may still choose to do so, they may at any time change and reject God. In this, they are akin to living men. Just as the Empress may be a holy and devout woman, you never pray to the Empresss, for she is a fallible like the rest of us. We cannot see into the hearts of mortal men to determine whether their intentions are pure or noble, or know for certain if they shall always stay that way, and so praying to them is dangerous folly. A Daemon is the same, even one appearing to have pure intentions may harbour secret malice. As it says in the Catechism, to venerate an individual is to declare they are holy and worthy of interceding before God on your behalf. Therefore to venerate an unholy and diabolical creature is blasphemy.
For this reason, praying to Daemons is just as heretical and blasphemous as praying to living men would be. The worship of Daemons such as Azdromoth or Dragur may not be justified as “veneration”, no matter how pure their followers may claim those Daemons to be. Any prayers offered towards beings which are not perfect servants of the Creator are an implicit and damnable rejection of Him. And thus, their veneration is condemned.
- Acolyte Ailred Barclay.