Divine Liturgy

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liturgy

[lit-er-jee]
noun, plural liturgies.
1.
a form of public worship; ritual.
2.
a collection of formularies for public worship.
3.
a particular arrangement of services.
4.
a particular form or type of the Eucharistic service.
5.
the service of the Eucharist, especially this service (Divine Liturgy) in the Eastern Church.

Origin:
1550–60; < Late Latin lītūrgia < Greek leitourgía public service, ecclesiastical Greek: Eucharist, equivalent to leitourg(ós) minister + -ia -y3

antiliturgy, adjective

litany, liturgy.
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liturgy (ˈlɪtədʒɪ)
 
n , pl -gies
1.  the forms of public services officially prescribed by a Church
2.  chiefly (often capital) Eastern Churches Also called: Divine Liturgy the Eucharistic celebration
3.  a particular order or form of public service laid down by a Church
 
[C16: via Medieval Latin, from Greek leitourgia, from leitourgos minister, from leit- people + ergon work]

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liturgy
1550s, "the service of the Holy Eucharist," from M.Fr. liturgie, from L.L. liturgia "public service, public worship," from Gk. leitourgia, from leitourgos "one who performs a public ceremony or service, public servant," from leito- "public" (from laos "people;" cf. leiton "public hall," leite "priestess")
+ -ergos "that works," from ergon "work" (see urge (v.)). Meaning "collective formulas for the conduct of divine service in Christian churches" is from 1590s.
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