A Greek term, meaning "veneration or homage," used to describe the honor paid to the saints. It encompasses the veneration of saints, the rightful honor paid to them, and the seeking of their intercession with God for those on earth. The technical theological importance of the term is that it makes clear the differentiation of veneration for saints from other forms of devotion offered by the living: hyperdulia, the heightened veneration reserved for the Blessed Virgin Mary, and latria, the proper worship reserved exclusively for God.
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