How do we define worship? Is there an official document, or somewhere in the Catechism, that defines it?
In all the talk about “do we worship Mary” I have never seen anyone discuss what worship means. I’ve seen the lateria, doulia, and hyperdoulia distinction a hundred times, but I’ve never seen anyone say, “Lateria is…” “Doulia is…” and “Hyperdoulia is…”
It is clear to me that Protestants think that any form of prayer is worship. Prayer, furthermore, is not simply communicating or asking per se (so the whole “I pray to my friends when I ask them something.” and “Prithee”=“I pray thee” is moot, because that is not what Protestants -or anyone today- means by the word prayer.) Specifically, prayer is communication with that which is beyond this world.
I have heard some Catholics say that worship is sacrifice. That’s too simple of an answer. My user name is “I love my wife” and as such, I will make sacrifices for her. That does not equate as worship. Likewise, I’ve seen some prayers to the effect that we are offering up (=sacrificing) our TOTAL selves to Mary. But if worship is merely sacrifice, then we do worship Mary. But we do not worship her. Thus worship is not merely sacrifice.
So I return to my question: what is worship? What is the difference between lateria, doulia, and hyperdoulia?
(I am most interested in answers from Catholics. If you are Protestant and you want to comment on my notion of Protestant worship, please let us know that you are Protestant!)