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.

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Nowhere is this compromise of tradition more apparent than in the working document’s attitudes toward ritual and liturgy. Declan Leary, National Review, "The Problem with Trying to Make Catholicism Relatable in the Amazon," 25 June 2019 Today, Christian churches hold mass services or liturgies around noon or 3 PM on Good Friday, which is the time many believe Jesus was hung on the cross. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Good Friday? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 13 Feb. 2019 The liturgy and rabbinical commentary are designed to help Jews attend to their inner lives and leave behind daily concerns. Jack Wertheimer, WSJ, "Why Go to Synagogue Once a Year?," 6 Sep. 2018 The liturgy focuses sharply on the majesty of a God who sits in judgment of all humanity. Jack Wertheimer, WSJ, "Why Go to Synagogue Once a Year?," 6 Sep. 2018 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

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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 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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