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 Perhaps especially in difficult times, liturgical gatherings are a source of comfort and hope for the faithful, as well as an opportunity to offer our prayers to God for those who are suffering or who cannot be with us. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Churches aren't 'viral threats': Ministers confused by Beshear's call to suspend services," 11 Mar. 2020 Museums are closed, and, until April 3, there’s a ban on ceremonies both civil (including weddings and funerals) and religious (including public Masses and liturgical celebrations). Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Love (and shopping) in the age of coronavirus: How Europe is adapting to the outbreak," 9 Mar. 2020 The same goes for liturgical ministers before and after Mass. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Churches in the U.S. are banning drinking communion wine and the sign of peace to stop the spread of coronavirus," 2 Mar. 2020 The title is given to churches to signify a closer relationship with the pope and an emphasis on liturgical worship and pastoral life. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit’s Ste. Anne Church becomes third in Michigan to receive title of ‘minor basilica’," 1 Mar. 2020 Sarah — a hero to liturgical purists and conservatives and a quiet critic of Francis — denied there was any manipulation on his part and said Benedict was very much a part of the process. Washington Post, "Retired pope distances involvement in priest celibacy book," 14 Jan. 2020 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,, "Vatican tamps down clamor over Benedict’s new celibacy book," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of liturgical

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Liturgical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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