[quote=LatinCat]We show honor and respect to things that have touched Christ or the saints, or are pieces of the saints. Why? Well, our faith is incarnational. God became man in Jesus Christ. The eternal God assumed human flesh, matter that is. Because of this we believe that the physical world had been redeemed and one day will be glorified in Christ Jesus as a reflection of the Creator. This is most true of things made holy by the touch of Christ (i.e. the shroud of turin) and of his holy saints who have served and followed him and lived a life in union with him. His holiness, sorta rubs off on them. And in honoring such things we are really honoring the almighty God whose reflection is seen in his saints and holy relics. This is not worship. All throughout history, worship of God has really been sacrifice. When Malchizadech wanted to worship God he offered the bread and wine sacrifice. When Abraham did, he sacrificed a ram. When The Israelites did, they were required to offer animal, bread, and wine sacrifices. When Christ, the great High Priest, offered the true worship, he sacrificed himself on the alter of the cross. Now that Christ appears forever before the Father as our great high priest, his sacrifice is ever before the father. And apostolic Chrisitians,(i.e. Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox) take part in this sacrifice that is eternally before the Father, through the mass or Divine Liturgy, where the body and blood of Christ are re-presented to the Father. For this reason, Catholics refer to the mass as “The Holy Sacrifice”. It is in this Sacrifice that God recieves true worship. Since we offer no sacrifice to relics or the saints, it is clear that we do NOT worship them. But since we offer sacrifice to God, it is clear that we do worship him.
OK. From that explanation, I’d say you might be using the word “worship” in a more limited manner than found in common usage. People might understand exactly what you are doing, and that falls under the common usage of worship.
I suspect this problem will continue until the word “worship” either spawns a few other more precise words, or until its meaning in common usage changes.