liturgical

adjective
li·​tur·​gi·​cal | \lə-ˈtər-ji-kəl, 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 , li-​ \ adverb

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And very few have the resources to address liturgical music. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: At BalletX, a New Work Alive With Suspense and Surrealism," 13 July 2018 Unlike Vatican museums collections, items still used in liturgical celebrations are kept in the chapel’s sacristy, an adjoining room housing vestments and other ecclesiastical items. Shira Telushkin, Washington Post, "High church meets high fashion: How Catholic style took over the Met," 3 May 2018 Élisabeth Greffulhe in a cape fashioned from a liturgical garment given to her by the czar of Russia. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Proust’s Duchess’ Review: The Guermantes Trio," 5 July 2018 That liturgical influence pervades his beats, which allow artists like Future, Gucci Mane, and Nicki Minaj to seamlessly synthesize the sacred and the profane. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 That was the ultimate revenge.’’ The Vatican has lent the Met more than 40 liturgical vestments and accessories, which will be displayed in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Maureen Dowd, Vogue, "“Heavenly Bodies,” the Met’s Biggest Show Ever, Earns Its Hallelujahs," 11 Apr. 2018 But Stitt’s varied score also encompasses Jewish liturgical music, klezmer, jazz, ballads, and stirring rock tunes reminiscent of the work of Tom Kitt, of Next to Normal fame. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'Big Red Sun': Search through history and music for truth about father, self," 5 June 2018 But though Bach wrote his cantatas in several annual cycles tracing the liturgical calendar, any ring of manageable size — say, something like Wagner’s 15 hours — would include just a fraction of the 200 or so works that survive. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "A Tribute to Bach on His Own Turf: 33 Cantatas in 48 Hours," 15 June 2018 The Black Catholic Movement also inspired unprecedented liturgical innovation as musicians, theologians, and local congregations integrated African American and Afro-Diasporic religious practices into Catholic worship. Smithsonian, "The History of Black Catholics in America," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of liturgical

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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