worship

The homage rendered to God (Exod. 20:1–6) in gestures and appropriate words, but also, the prophets insisted, in ethical conduct (Amos 5:21–2). Sacrifices [[➝ sacrifice]] were offered to God not as food but as gifts that were costly to the offerer; animals for sacrifice had to be unblemished.
The Temple in Jerusalem was the centre of the nation's worship from the time of Solomon. There was a daily sacrifice of a lamb in the morning, and a second lamb, together with cereal offerings, was offered by the high priest on the Sabbath. After the Exile the Day of Atonement [[➝ Atonement, Day of, atonement]] was added to the ritual in the Second Temple. There were in addition voluntary offerings made by lay people; the main condition for participation in this service was to be in a state of ritual purity.
Prayers [[➝ prayer]] and singing were part of the Temple worship (1 Chron. 16:4–6), and people used many of the psalms. They were also used in worship in the synagogues which began to spring up in the Dispersion [[➝ dispersion]] as centres for Jewish immigrants and were very soon places of religious instruction. Early Christian worship took over features of Jewish synagogue worship, including appropriate furnishings, though according to Acts the early followers of Jesus joined in Temple worship (Acts 3:1). But former rituals were soon given radically new meanings: sacrifice was no longer bloody—the whole Temple institution was obsolete (Heb. 9:13–14). Circumcision [[➝ circumcision]] was replaced by baptism, laying on of hands was associated with special commissions (Acts 13:2–3). Above all, there was a new form of sacramental worship with bread and wine in commemoration of the sacrifice of Jesus and in anticipation of the joyous Messianic [[➝ Messiah]] banquet in the age to come (1 Cor. 11:26). The first day of the week was set aside for this communion, which was accompanied by prophesying, reading, singing, and prayers, all in a spirit of joy and thanksgiving [[➝ thanksgiving sacrifice]] (1 Cor. 14:26; Col. 4:16; 1 Thess. 5:16–18). Justin Martyr in the early 2nd cent. says that on Sundays ‘memoirs of the apostles’ (i.e. a gospel) were read also.

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  • WORSHIP — WORSHIP, service rendered to God and comprehending both the attitude of reverence and love toward the Deity and the activity – in conduct as well as ritual – in which the homage finds expression. Terminology The biblical vocabulary of worship is… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Worship — Wor ship, n. [OE. worshipe, wur[eth]scipe, AS. weor[eth]scipe; weor[eth] worth + scipe ship. See {Worth}, a., and { ship}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Excellence of character; dignity; worth; worthiness. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] A man of worship and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worship — [wʉr′ship] n. [ME worschip < OE weorthscipe, honor, dignity, worship: see WORTH1 & SHIP] 1. a) reverence or devotion for a deity; religious homage or veneration b) a church service or other rite showing this 2. extreme devotion or intense …   English World dictionary

  • Worship — Wor ship, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Worshiped}{Worshipped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Worshiping} or {Worshipping}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence. [Obsoles.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Our grave . . . shall have a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Worship — Wor ship, v. i. To perform acts of homage or adoration; esp., to perform religious service. [1913 Webster] Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. John iv. 20. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worship — n adoration, veneration, reverence (see under REVERE vb) Analogous words: *honor, homage, obeisance: respect, *regard, esteem, admiration Contrasted words: *profanation, desecration, sacrilege: execration, cursing (see corresponding verbs at… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • worship — [n] honoring, glorification adoration, adulation, awe, beatification, benediction, chapel, church service, deification, devotion, exaltation, genuflection, glory, homage, honor, idolatry, idolization, invocation, laudation, love, offering, praise …   New thesaurus

  • worship — ► NOUN 1) the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. 2) religious rites and ceremonies. 3) great admiration or devotion. 4) (His/Your Worship) chiefly Brit. a title of respect for a magistrate or mayor. ► VERB (worshipped …   English terms dictionary

  • Worship — Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Funeral Doom Gründung 1998 Gründungsmitglieder …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • worship — index honor (outward respect), regard (hold in esteem), respect Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • worship — (n.) O.E. worðscip, wurðscip (Anglian), weorðscipe (W.Saxon) condition of being worthy, honor, renown, from weorð worthy (see WORTH (Cf. worth)) + scipe (see SHIP (Cf. ship)). Sense of reverence paid to a supernatural or divine being is first… …   Etymology dictionary

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