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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Example sentences
Liturgy has penetrated the work of leading pop musicians.
And then there are instances in which lines of songs closely resemble musical phrases in the liturgy.
We are in the position of anthropologists observing the rituals and liturgy of an alien culture.
Church liturgy was transformed, congregational singing stimulated, and new modes of communal living evolved.
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