The Venerable is used as a style or epithet in several Christian churches. It is also the common English language translation of a number of Buddhist titles.


Roman Catholic

In the Roman Catholic Church's Latin rite, "The Venerable" is the style used for a person who has been posthumously declared "heroic in virtue" during the investigation and process leading to canonization as a saint. Before a person is considered to be "venerable" he or she must be declared as such by a proclamation, approved by the pope, of having lived a life that was "heroic in virtue" -- the virtues being the Theological Virtues of faith, hope and charity and the Cardinal Virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. The next step is beatification, at which point the person is referred to as "The Blessed", and then finally canonization, at which point the person is referred to as "Saint".

The 7th century English monk St Bede was referred to as being "venerable" soon after his death and, by tradition, is therefore often referred to as "The Venerable Bede" despite his also having been canonized. St Bede was the first person to be recorded as "The Venerable".

Eastern Orthodox

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, "venerable" (Greek: "Όσιος" for men and "Οσία" for women; _ru. Преподобный) is a title attributed to saints who had lived a monastic or eremitic life, and it is considered equal or sometimes superior to the usual "Saint".


In the Anglican Communion "The Venerable" (abbreviated as "the Ven") is the style given to an archdeacon.


In Buddhism, the Western style of "Venerable" (also abbreviated as Ven.) is entitled to ordained Buddhist monks and nuns. The title of "Master" may be followed for senior members of the Sangha. "Venerable" is used as a western alternative to "Maha Thera" in the Theravada branch and "Shì" (釋, as in "Sakya") in Chinese Mahayana branch.

See also

*List of people declared venerable
*Venerable Order of St John

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  • vénérable — [ venerabl ] adj. et n. • 1200; lat. venerabilis ♦ Littér. ou plaisant Digne de vénération. « Un vénérable vieillard orné d un cornet acoustique » (Martin du Gard). Par ext. D un âge vénérable : très vieux. ⇒ respectable. Cette vénérable… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Venerable — equivale a respetable y digno de estima y honor. Este adjetivo, derivado del sustantivo veneratio, que significa respeto y culto, mantiene una significación unitaria en toda la serie de vocablos (venerabilitas, venerantia) cuyas acepciones están… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Venerable — Vénérable Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Vénérable fait référence aux concepts et objets suivant : Dans le catholicisme, vénérable est un titre donné à une personne dont le… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Venerable — Ven er*a*ble, a. [L. venerabilis: cf. F. v[ e]n[ e]rable.] 1. Capable of being venerated; worthy of veneration or reverence; deserving of honor and respect; generally implying an advanced age; as, a venerable magistrate; a venerable parent. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • venerable — Venerable. adj. de tout genre. Digne de veneration. Vieillard venerable. assemblée venerable. c est un homme venerable par son âge & par son merite. les habits pontificaux ont quelque chose de venerable. Venerable, est aussi, Un titre d honneur… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • venerable — [ven′ər ə bəl] adj. [ME < MFr vénérable < L venerabilis, to be reverenced < venerari: see VENERATE] 1. worthy of respect or reverence by reason of age and dignity, character, or position 2. impressive on account of age or historic or… …   English World dictionary

  • venerable — index antique, outstanding (prominent), popular, sacrosanct, solemn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • venerable — early 15c., from L. venerabilis, from venerari to worship, revere (see VENERATION (Cf. veneration)). As a title, used in reference to ecclesiastics or those who had obtained the first degree of canonization …   Etymology dictionary

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