Public Worship Law and Legal Definition

Public worship means worship conducted according to the ritual propriety, ecclesiastical authority, and rules and regulations of a religious society. It also means worship performed in a public place by all members of the public equally, without privacy and under public authority.

In Faith Fellowship Ministries, Inc. v. Limbach, 32 Ohio St. 3d 432 (Ohio 1987), the court observed that “The definition of "public worship" involves the open and free celebration or observance of the rites and ordinances of a religious organization. What is called "public worship" is commonly conducted by voluntary societies, constituted according to their own notions of ecclesiastical authority and ritual propriety, opening their places of worship, and admitting to their religious services such persons, and upon such terms, and subject to such regulations, as they may choose to designate and establish.”