liturgy

noun
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

Examples of liturgy in a Sentence

studying the liturgies of different religions He was studying Christian liturgy.
Recent Examples on the Web Join Rabbi Fliegel for this three part series unpacking the meaning behind our Shabbat liturgy and finding the messages embedded within them that speak to you today. courant.com, 21 May 2021 Join Rabbi Fliegel for this three part series unpacking the meaning behind Shabbat liturgy and finding the messages embedded within them that speak to you today. courant.com, 22 Apr. 2021 Per the Jewish Press’ David Israel, scholars at the academy preserved the Oral Torah, ensuring the survival of the laws, calendar and liturgy that form the basis of modern Judaism. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2021 Like much else at Windsor on this day of national mourning for Britain, the order of service, released by Buckingham Palace on April 16, was composed by Philip himself, down to and including the selection of hymns and liturgy. Guy Martin, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 The incident took place at Christ the King Polish Catholic church in South London during a Good Friday liturgy service. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, 4 Apr. 2021 In the liturgy my own parish priest or deacons will sing the words denying Christ and condemning him to death. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 2 Apr. 2021 People in attendance remained in their vehicles and could hear the music and liturgy on the radio, according to the Rev. Blaise Sedney, the church pastor. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, 2 Apr. 2021 For example, for Roman Catholics, the religious service on Good Friday is the middle part of a three-day-long liturgy, or official rites, called the Triduum. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 28 Mar. 2021

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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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“Liturgy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liturgy. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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liturgy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of liturgy

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

liturgy

noun
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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