I was reading the Catholic Encyclopedia and it said
In accordance with these principles it will readily be understood that a certain worship may be offered even to inanimate objects, such as the relics of a martyr, the Cross of Christ, the Crown of Thorns, or even the statue or picture of a saint. There is here no confusion or danger of idolatry, for this worship is subordinate or dependent. The relic of the saint is venerated because of the link which unites it with the person who is adored or venerated; while the statue or picture is regarded as having a conventional relation to a person who has a right to our homage – as being a symbol which reminds us of that person
I understand the technically worship means to honor, not necessarily adoration, or the worship of latria. . Therefore we may say “we give the Blessed Virgin the worship of hyperdulia”. I just don’t understand why we “worship” or “venerate” relics. I always was taught that we didn’t venerate the relic, we venerated, or in the broad sense, worshiped the saint represented behind the relic with dulia or hyperdulia. Please explain this to me. Thank you.