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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Each year, when Lent happens is determined by the liturgical observance of Easter Sunday, which is moving Christian holiday. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Lent? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 11 Jan. 2019 His father, a composer of symphonic, chamber and liturgical music, has had works performed by the New York Pops and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. New York Times, "Christyn Budzyna, Charles Cohen," 10 June 2018 The meeting’s goal is to address the ministerial, pastoral, evangelization and liturgical needs of black Catholics. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Black Catholics conference meeting in S.A. this weekend," 8 June 2018 The liturgical performers wear white robes; the street people are dressed in modern casual clothes ( Christine Crook did the costumes). Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Mass: A Theater Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers’ Review: Timeless Bernstein," 18 July 2018 Some critics began a letter-writing campaign to Rome, charging Archbishop Hunthausen with a lack of leadership and failure to observe strict Catholic teachings on homosexuality, liturgical practices and divorce, among other issues. Janet I. Tu, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Archbishop Emeritus Raymond Hunthausen dies at 96," 23 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of liturgical

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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