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liturgy

[lit-er-jee] /ˈlɪt ər dʒi/
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
1550-1560
1550-60; < Late Latin lītūrgia < Greek leitourgía public service, ecclesiastical Greek: Eucharist, equivalent to leitourg(ós) minister + -ia -y3
Related forms
antiliturgy, adjective
Can be confused
litany, liturgy.
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liturgy

/ˈlɪtədʒɪ/
noun (pl) -gies
1.
the forms of public services officially prescribed by a Church
2.
(often capital) (mainly Eastern Churches) Also called Divine Liturgy. the Eucharistic celebration
3.
a particular order or form of public service laid down by a Church
Word Origin
C16: via Medieval Latin, from Greek leitourgia, from leitourgos minister, from leit- people + ergon work
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Word Origin and History for anti liturgy
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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