liturgical

adjective
li·​tur·​gi·​cal | \ lə-ˈtər-ji-kəl How to pronounce liturgical (audio) , li- \

Definition of liturgical

1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of liturgy the liturgical calendar liturgical music
2 : using or favoring the use of liturgy liturgical churches

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Other Words from liturgical

liturgically \ lə-​ˈtər-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce liturgically (audio) , li-​ \ adverb

Examples of liturgical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By 1182, much of the cathedral’s choir — the liturgical core of the building, then reserved for the clergy — with its iconic flying buttresses supporting its tall walls and roof, had been completed. Washington Post, "The battle for Notre Dame," 16 Jan. 2020 For priests, this is the foundation of the necessity of celibacy but also of liturgical prayer, meditation on the Word of God and the renunciation of material goods. NBC News, "Pope Benedict XVI breaks silence to reaffirm priest celibacy," 13 Jan. 2020 For priests, this is the foundation of the necessity of celibacy but also of liturgical prayer, meditation on the Word of God and the renunciation of material goods. Nicole Winfield, BostonGlobe.com, "Vatican tamps down clamor over Benedict’s new celibacy book," 13 Jan. 2020 For priests, this is the foundation of the necessity of celibacy but also of liturgical prayer, meditation on the Word of God and the renunciation of material goods. Washington Post, "Vatican tamps down clamor over Benedict’s new celibacy book," 13 Jan. 2020 The Christian liturgical season of Advent - which begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and goes through Christmas Eve - has been viewed historically as a time of repentance and fasting, yet also as a time of joy as Christmas approaches. al, "Advent season begins," 2 Dec. 2019 In Rouen, catch a Christmas market, and see a private liturgical choir recital in a 13th century stained glass-windowed cathedral, where Richard the Lionheart’s heart lies entombed. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Five Great Holiday Cruises Worth Taking," 13 Nov. 2019 Advent snobs get to believe that their complaints about ever-earlier Christmas commercialism is rooted in deep, liturgical principles that reflect the metaphysical order of the universe. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Let Christmas Come Early," 22 Nov. 2019 Frank was a dedicated liturgical reader for many years at St. Rose of Lima Church in Meriden. courant.com, "Francis Vincent Donovan," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of liturgical

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Liturgical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liturgical. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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