Worship is an inherent part of a religion. It is an act to honor and pay homage to God. As such, worship is also a common motif in Christianity. The act is etched so deeply in the religion that there are more than one word to refer to it in the New Testament. One of those words is proskuneo, which translates to ôto worshipö but has a literal meaning of bowing down to kings or God. Across the history of Christianity, corporate worship within the confine of the religion itself is always liturgical in nature. This kind of worship is characterized by the presence of hymns and prayers, all of which are from texts that are based on or related to the Scripture (especially the Psalter). This kind of worship is sacramental and ceremonial in its nature and is still used by some denominations (Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches, in addition to some denominations of Protestantism such as Methodism and
Lutheranism). Evangelism, on the other hand, views worship as an act to adore the God. As such, worship in Evangelism is more informal in spirit. The word ôliturgyö is based on the Greek ôleitourgiaö, meaning ôpublic serviceö. The Greek word, in turn, is made up of two words: laos æpeopleÆ and ergon æworkÆ, giving the word a meaning of ôwork of the peopleö.
A series of petitions that either read or sung by a priest are to be responded by the congregation is called responsorial prayers. Daytime prayers are arranged according to times that have been set and there is a cycle set by the Church to manage celebration of feasts and holy days in their relation to events in JesusÆ life, the saintsÆ lives, as well as the aspects of the Godhead.
In Christian worship, the management, teaching, and expression of the beliefs of the community are related to oneÆs worship. Therefore, any shifts in the content and patterns of worship will accordingly project the change that could be present within the system of faith itself. Every time a heretic act occurs in the Church, such an act would come with a change in worship, especially for the heretical party that commits the act. Orthodoxy in faith is directly connected to orthodoxy in worship and the other way around as well. Unity in Christian worship should be taken a kind of fulfillment of the words of Jesus.