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 Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve 1948 was the first liturgy celebrated in the new church. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2021 Their mother, an ethnic Greek from what is now Turkey, taught her sons Greek folk music and Byzantine liturgy. Yannis became a poet and songwriter. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Their mother, an ethnic Greek from what is now Turkey, taught her sons Greek folk music and Byzantine liturgy. Yannis became a poet and songwriter. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021 The move immediately antagonized the small but ardent group of devotees of the old liturgy. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 16 July 2021 Pope Francis cracked down today on the spread of the old Latin Mass, reversing one of Pope Benedict XVI's signature decisions in a major challenge to traditionalist Catholics who immediately decried it as an attack on them and the ancient liturgy. Matt Delong, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Photos show that the machzor contains many of the same prayers recited by Jewish communities today — including the Kaddish and the Avinu Malkeinu liturgy particular to the High Holidays period. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Sep. 2021 At church, John would be a server and James would be with 40 other kids at the children’s liturgy. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 13 Aug. 2021 Benedict also granted a special status to Anglican converts to Catholicism who use a liturgy that contains some language derived from Anglican sources. Michael Mcgough Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, 22 July 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 21 Oct. 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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