(Roman Catholicism) A level of veneration higher than dulia but less than latria, properly given to the Virgin Mary.
Origin of hyperdulia
From Medieval Latin hyperdūlīa, from hyper-, from Ancient Greek ὑπέρ (huper, “above”) + dulia, from Ancient Greek δουλεία (douleia, “slavery”), from δοῦλος (doulos, “slave”).
Even the Virgin Mary, though she is styled Mother of God and Queen of Heaven, receives only dulia or at most hyperdulia.
Xarpeia, service, esp. the service of the gods, worship), and (2) hyperdulia, the worship or adoration due to the Virgin Mary as the Mother of God (from Gr.
The toe of the famous statue of the apostle in St Peter's, Rome, shows marked wear caused by the kisses of pilgrims. In the Roman Church a distinction is made between Latvia, a worship due to God alone, and Dulia or Hyperdulia, the adoration paid to the Virgin, saints, martyrs, crucifixes, &c..