lit·​ur·​gy | \ˈli-tər-jē \
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

Examples of liturgy in a Sentence

studying the liturgies of different religions He was studying Christian liturgy.

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For older Jews whose parents may no longer be alive, the familiar melodies of the High Holy Day liturgy and the unique rituals of the services may evoke memories of childhood. Jack Wertheimer, WSJ, "Why Go to Synagogue Once a Year?," 6 Sep. 2018 Highlights include dinner with wine, entertainment, fellowship and traditional prayer liturgy. Linda Mcintosh,, "New director at Music Men Chorus," 14 May 2018 Father Faucher had a very serious view of the liturgy and mass. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Father Faucher's fall from grace: Once a respected priest, now he holds Mass in jail," 4 June 2018 The Bible, Christian theology and liturgy are too potent to be left to those who would use them, even unwittingly, to justify and protect their own dominance. Nadia Bolz-weber, Washington Post, "We’re in the midst of an apocalypse. And that’s a good thing.," 14 Mar. 2018 Hale organized a tour for the Archdiocese of Detroit Choir under the direction of Joe Balistreri to sing for a papal liturgy two years ago at St. Peter's Bascilica. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Why Northville travel agent vowed secrecy to fashion icon," 3 June 2018 Eat barbecue on July 1 after the liturgy at 10:15 a.m. Tickets cost $15 per person. Anna Muckerman,, "Concerts, festivals and more events supporting Ellicott City flood relief," 12 June 2018 The couple has chosen a modern set of wedding vows, and the text of the formal parts of the service are taken from Common Worship, the Church of England's standard liturgy, first published in 2000. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Royal wedding: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to marry in Windsor," 19 May 2018 He has been commissioned as a lay minister in liturgy and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 29 May 2018

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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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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 \
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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