lit·​ur·​gy | \ ˈli-tər-jē How to pronounce liturgy (audio) \
plural liturgies

Definition of liturgy

1 often capitalized : a eucharistic rite
2 : a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship a baptismal liturgy
3 : a customary repertoire of ideas, phrases, or observances

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Examples of liturgy in a Sentence

studying the liturgies of different religions He was studying Christian liturgy.
Recent Examples on the Web So begins the unfolding rationale of a long and intimidatingly complex liturgy, the regular diet of worship in an Orthodox parish church. Diarmaid Macculloch, The New York Review of Books, "The Vitality of Orthodoxy," 17 June 2020 The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and other religious denominations had suspended public services and liturgies since the middle of March. cleveland, "Church doors open to welcoming hearts: Olmsted Dates and Data," 1 June 2020 Roman Catholic churches, as well as many Anglican ones, use the Latin liturgy at funerals and on All Saints’ Day. E.b., The Economist, "Grant them rest In times of shared grief, requiems have offered solace," 1 June 2020 The Episcopal Church, unlike Samaritan Purse, is the leading mainline denomination supporting LGBTQ people, the first in the United States to ordain an openly gay bishop and one of the leaders in special liturgies to marry LGBTQ people. NBC News, "Opposition to Samaritan's Purse Central Park field hospital grows," 15 Apr. 2020 German bishops have enjoyed rising influence under Pope Francis, reflected in his policies of greater leniency on divorce and more autonomy for local church authorities on matters such as liturgy—moves long advocated by German theologians. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "German Bishops Rethink Catholic Teachings Amid Talk of ‘Schism’," 28 Jan. 2020 Franzo, who is now known as Archbishop King, switches from liturgy to saxophone and back. Hua Hsu Carlos Chavarría, The New Yorker, "Fifty Years of Worship at the Church of John Coltrane," 24 Dec. 2019 Indiana bishops, including Archbishop Charles C. Thompson of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis indicated in a statement that the five Catholic dioceses of the Province of Indianapolis will begin public liturgies on May 30. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Indiana churches are opening this week despite the coronavirus pandemic," 8 May 2020 The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, held the Easter liturgy at midnight without believers, but there were reports that some people entered churches to attend services., "Churches mostly empty for Orthodox Easter due to virus rules," 19 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of liturgy

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for liturgy

Late Latin liturgia, from Greek leitourgia public service, from Greek (Attic) leïton public building (from Greek laos — Attic leōs — people) + -ourgia -urgy

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21 Jun 2020

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“Liturgy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of liturgy

: a fixed set of ceremonies, words, etc., that are used during public worship in a religion


lit·​ur·​gy | \ ˈli-tər-jē How to pronounce liturgy (audio) \
plural liturgies

Kids Definition of liturgy

: a religious rite or body of rites

Other Words from liturgy

liturgical \ lə-​ˈtər-​ji-​kəl \ adjective

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