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Praise vs Worship

Oct 15th 2013 new
Here is a great question that came up in discussion with some non denominational Christains at work, while I felt I knew the difference between the two terms I dont feel as though I answered the question justly.
Biblically speaking, or even as far as etymology goes What is the difference between "praise" and "worship"?
Oct 15th 2013 new
Hmmm. I don't know about biblically, but maybe etymologically, (and at the very least in my opinion-hah!) to me, worship is placing oneself in the presence of the Divine. This may or may not be with a purpose of giving praise, but is always done with an attitude of reverence and openness to His direction and grace. Praise--is praise. For example, adoration, thanksgiving, "God is good, all the time."
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Oct 15th 2013 new
(quote) Brad-151160 said: Here is a great question that came up in discussion with some non denominational Christains at work, while I felt I knew the difference between the two terms I dont feel as though I answered the question justly.
Biblically speaking, or even as far as etymology goes What is the difference between "praise" and "worship"?
Where were you going with that discussion? I'm wondering if they were talking about praying with the saints?
Oct 15th 2013 new
Praise, prize and price are all cognates of the same Latin word "pretium". To praise a being is to give it a worthy representation in words, just like to price something is to set a favorable monetary exchange rate, or a prize is a reward given in relation to a work done.

Worship comes from old English roots. It shares the same origin as the word worthy in English. To worship a being is to offer in exchange obeisances, reverence, veneration and deference for favors of grace. Worship in old English is about an attempt to turn human works into those of lasting benefit for the individual offering the worship. Worship is typically institutionalized or solemnized in religious ceremony and true worship is practiced by the virtue of religion.
Nov 22nd 2013 new
Pope Francis: Churches Should Be True Places of Adoration and PraiseStresses That Adoration and Not Liturgical Rites Are Most Important

VATICAN CITY, November 22, 2013 (Zenit.org) - The Temple is not only a place of liturgical rites and song, but above all a place of adoration, Pope Francis stressed at Mass in Casa Santa Marta this morning.

Reflecting on today's first reading from the Book of Maccabees, which referred to the rededication of the temple by Judas Maccabeus, the Holy Father said that the role of the Temple was to be a place of reference for the community, for the people of God.

"The Temple is the place where the community goes to pray, to praise the Lord, to give thanks, but above all to adore: the Lord is adored in the Temple," he said. "And this is the most important point. This is also true for liturgical ceremonies: in this liturgical ceremony, what is most important? The songs, the rites - they are all beautiful? Adoration is most important: the whole community together look at the altar where the sacrifice is celebrated and adore."

However, Pope Francis noted, Christians may have lost the importance of this sense of adoration. Citing the Gospel, where Christ expels vendors from the Temple, the Holy Father asked whether our temples are truly places of adoration.

"Saint Paul tells us that we are temples of the Holy Spirit, he said. I am a temple. The Spirit of God is in me. And he also tells us: Do not sadden the Spirit of the Lord that is within you! And also here, perhaps we cannot speak of adoration, but of a type of adoration that is the heart that looks for the Spirit of the Lord within oneself and knows that God is within him, that the Holy Spirit is within him. He listens and follows it."

Just as it was mentioned in the first reading, the Holy Father said that the temples of our bodies must also be purified with prayer, penance, and with the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Thus, the physical and spiritual temples can be true places of adoration and praise to God.

"And when the joy of the Temple is spoken of, it speaks of this: the whole community in adoration, in prayer, in thanksgiving, in praise," Pope Francis concluded. "Me, in prayer with the Lord, who is inside of me because I am a temple. I am listening, I am available. May the Lord grant us this true sense of the Temple, so that we may go forward in our lives of adoration and listening to the Word of God."

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