If you Google the word “worship” you’ll find the definition “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity”.  This definition fits how most English-speaking folks here in the United States understand the word. However, as with the word “pray”, traditionally the word “worship” has had a wider meaning. You can find examples of this in England where a person may refer to an elected official as “your worship”. The intention is not to “worship” the person as Google definition implies but to show respect or honor.

Early Greek-speaking Christians similarly used a broader meaning of worship and developed words to differentiate between the honor due only to God (LATRIA) and honor due to a Saint (DULIA). Eventually, the term “HYPERDULIA” was used to describe honor which is above that which is given to a Saint but below the honor which is due only to God. So in short Catholic’s would say that “Dulia” is honor/worship given to a Saint like Saint Patrick, “Hyperdulia” is honor/worship given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, due to her special role as the Mother of God, and “Latria” is honor due only to God. So while Mary’s role as Mother of God affords her a higher place of honor, she is not due the honor which is only meant for God.