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Piety is a virtue which may include religious devotion or spirituality. A common element in most conceptions of piety is a duty of respect. In a religious context piety may be expressed through pious activities or devotions, which may vary among countries and cultures.


The word piety comes from the Latin word pietas, the noun form of the adjective pius (which means 'devout' or 'dutiful').

Classical interpretation[edit]

Pietas in traditional Latin usage expressed a complex, highly valued Roman virtue; a man with pietas respected his responsibilities to gods, country, parents, and kin.[1] In its strictest sense it was the sort of love a son ought to have for his father. Aeneas's consistent epithet in Virgil and other Latin authors is pius, a term which connotes reverence toward the gods and familial dutifulness. At the fall of Troy, Aeneas carries to safety his father, the lame Anchises, and the Lares and Penates, the statues of the household gods.

In addressing whether children have an obligation to provide support for their parents, Aquinas quotes, Cicero, '..'piety gives both duty and homage': 'duty' referring to service, and 'homage' to reverence or honor.'[2]Filial piety is central to Confucian ethics;[3] reverence for parents is considered in Chinese ethics the prime virtue and the basis of all right human relations.[4]

As a virtue[edit]

Filial Piety

In Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Lutheranism, and Anglicanism, piety is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. 'It engenders in the soul a filial respect for God, a generous love toward him, and an affectionate obedience that wants to do what he commands because it loves the one who commands.'[5]St. Gregory the Great, in demonstrating the interrelationship among the gifts, said 'Through the fear of the Lord, we rise to piety, from piety then to knowledge,..'[6]

Aquinas spoke of piety in the context of one's parents and country, and given the obligation to accord each what is rightfully due them, related it to the cardinal virtue of justice. (By analogy, rendering to God what is due him, Aquinas identified as the virtue of religion, also related to justice.[7]) Professor Richard McBrien said of piety that, 'It is a gift of the Holy Spirit by which we are motivated and enabled to be faithful and respectful to those -- ultimately, God -- who have had a positive, formative influence on our lives and to whom we owe a debt of gratitude,'[8] and requires one to acknowledge, to the extent possible, the sources of those many blessings through words and gestures great and small.

Piety belongs to the virtue of Religion, which the concordant judgment of theologians put among the moral virtues, as a part of the cardinal virtueJustice, since by it one tenders to God what is due to him.[9] The gift of piety perfects the virtue of justice, enabling the individual to fulfill his obligations to God and neighbor, and to do so willingly and joyfully. By inspiring a person with a tender and filial confidence in God, the gift of piety makes them joyfully embrace all that pertains to His service.[10]

John Calvin said, 'I call ‘piety’ that reverence joined with love of God which the knowledge of his benefits induces. For until [people] recognize that they owe everything to God, that they are nourished by his fatherly care, that he is the Author of their every good, that they should seek nothing beyond him—they will never yield him willing service.' (Institutes, I.ii.1)[11] Bishop Pierre Whalon says that 'Piety, therefore, is the pursuit of an ever-greater sense of being in the presence of God.'[12]

The Gift of Piety is synonymous with of filial trust in God.[13] Through piety, a person shows reverence for God as a loving Father, and respect for others as children of God.

Pope John Paul II defined piety as 'the gift of reverence for what comes from God,' and related it to his earlier lectures on the Theology of the Body.[14] In a General Audience in June 2014, Pope Francis said, 'When the Holy Spirit helps us sense the presence of the Lord and all of his love for us, it warms our heart and drives us almost naturally to prayer and celebration.'[15] 'Piety', said Pope Francis, points up 'our friendship with God.' It is a gift that enables people to serve their neighbor 'with gentleness and with a smile.'[16]

Piety and devotion[edit]

Expressions of piety vary according to country and local tradition. 'Feast days', with their preparations for various religious celebrations and activities, have contributed much in forging the traditions peculiar to a given community. Many of pious exercises are part of the cultic patrimony of particular Churches or religious families.[17] Devotions help incorporate faith into daily life.[18]

Popular piety '..manifests a thirst for God which only the simple and poor can know. It makes people capable of generosity and sacrifice even to the point of heroism, when it is a question of manifesting belief. It involves an acute awareness of profound attributes of God: fatherhood, providence, loving and constant presence. It engenders interior attitudes rarely observed to the same degree elsewhere: patience, the sense of the cross in daily life, detachment, openness to others, devotion. By reason of these aspects, we readily call it 'popular piety,' that is, religion of the people, rather than religiosity.[19]

'They are the manifestation of a theological life nourished by the working of the Holy Spirit who has been poured into our hearts (cf. Rom 5:5).'[20]

While acknowledging that Anglican piety took the forms of more frequent communion and liturgical observances and customs, Bishop Ronald Williams spoke for increased reading of the Bible.[21]

In the Methodist Church, works of piety are a means of grace. They can be personal, such as reading, prayer, and meditation; or communal, such as sharing in the sacraments or Bible study.[22] For Presbyterians, piety refers to a whole realm of practices—such as worship, prayer, singing, and service—that help shape and guide the way one's reverence and love for God are expressed; and 'the duty of the Christian to live a life of piety in accordance with God’s moral law'.[23]

The veneration of sacred images belongs to the very nature of Catholic piety, with the understanding that 'the honour rendered to the image is directed to the person represented'.[24]

See also[edit]

  • Plato's dialogue Euthyphro, in which Socrates seeks a definition of piety
  • Pietism in the Lutheran Church
  • Hasid (the Hebrew term)


  1. ^See Cicero, Nature of the Gods, 1. 116 and On Rhetorical Invention, 2. 66.
  2. ^Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, 'Question 101. Piety', Article 2
  3. ^Chang, Wonsuk; Kalmanson, Leah (8 November 2010). Confucianism in Context: Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond. SUNY Press. p. 68. ISBN978-1-4384-3191-8.
  4. ^Willard, Dallas. 'Christ-Centered Piety', Where Shall My Wond'ring Soul Begin? : The Landscape of Evangelical Piety and Thought, Grand Rapids, MI.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000), pp. 27-36.
  5. ^'Gift of Piety', Catholic Dictionary
  6. ^Pope Gregory I. 'Homiliae in Hiezechihelem Prophetam,' II 7,7
  7. ^Pearson OP, Gregory. 'The Life of Virtue - Piety', Godsdogz, The Dominican Friars, Blackfriars, July 18, 2009
  8. ^McBrien, Richard. 'Piety refers to more than devotional practices', Catholic Courier, December 20, 2009
  9. ^Delany, Joseph. 'Virtue of Religion.' The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 12. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  10. ^Forget, Jacques. 'Holy Ghost.' The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 7. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. 21 May 2021 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  11. ^Cooper, Dale. 'Piety and Religion', The Banner, Christian Reformed Church in North America, January 18, 2011
  12. ^Whalon, Pierre W., 'Piety', Anglicansonline, March 3, 2003
  13. ^'The Gift of Piety: Synonym of Filial Trust in God', Diocese of Orlando
  14. ^Zeno, Katrina J. 'Reverent Eros and the Gift of Piety', TOB Tuesday, Diocese of Phoenix, June 5, 2019
  15. ^Glatz, Carol. 'Pope: Piety is embracing God, others with real love, not fake devotion', Catholic News Service, June 4, 2014
  16. ^Gibson, David. 'Why the gift of piety is more than it may seem', Catholic News Service, February 12, 2020
  17. ^Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. 'Directory on popular piety and the Liturgy', Vatican City. December 2001, §§7, 20
  18. ^'Devotions and popular piety bring faith into everyday life', Catholic News Service, October 13, 2017
  19. ^Pope Paul VI. Evangelii nuntiandi, December 8, 1975, §48, Libreria Editrice Vaticana
  20. ^Pope Francis. November 24, 2013, Evangelii gaudium, §125, Libreria Editrice Vaticana
  21. ^Williams, Ronald. 'The Bible and Anglican Piety ', The Churchman, 1960, p. 91
  22. ^'The Wesleyan Means of Grace', UMC
  23. ^Pipa, Joseph. 'Presbyterian Theology', The Gospel Coalition
  24. ^Directory §18. sfn error: no target: CITEREFDirectory_§18 (help)

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Definition of piety

  • righteousness by virtue of being pious

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