WORSHIP (i.e. " worth-ship," O. Eng. weordscipe) , honour, dignity, reverence, respect. The word is used hi a special sense of the service, reverence and honour paid, by means of devotional words or acts, to God, to the gods, or to hallowed persons, such as the Virgin Mary or the saints, and hallowed objects, such as holy images or relics. In this sense, however, it must be borne in mind that the Roman Catholic Church distinguishes three kinds of worship: (i) latria, the worship due to God alone (from Gr. \aTfxia, service, esp. the service of the gods, worship) , and (2) hyperdulia, the worship or adoration due to the Virgin Mary as the Mother of God (from Gr. inrep, above, and 5ov\da, service), and (3) dulia, that due to the saints. (See also ADORATION.) The public service of God in church is known as " divine worship " or " divine service " (see LITURGY). In the sense of " revere " or " respect," the verb " to worship " occurs in the English Prayer-book, in the phrase " with my body I thee worship " in the Marriage Service. In this sense the term " worship " is also used as a title of honour in speaking of or addressing other persons of position. Thus a mayor is spoken of as " his worship the mayor," or " the worshipful the mayor." Magistrates are addressed as " your worship."
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)