- a form of public worship; ritual.
- a collection of formularies for public worship.
- a particular arrangement of services.
- a particular form or type of the Eucharistic service.
- the service of the Eucharist, especially this service (Divine Liturgy) in the Eastern Church.
Origin of liturgy
- the forms of public services officially prescribed by a Church
- Also called: Divine Liturgy (often capital) mainly Eastern Churches the Eucharistic celebration
- a particular order or form of public service laid down by a Church
Word Origin and History for liturgy
1550s, "the service of the Holy Eucharist," from Middle French liturgie or directly from Late Latin/Medieval Latin liturgia "public service, public worship," from Greek leitourgia "a liturgy; public duty, ministration, ministry," from leitourgos "one who performs a public ceremony or service, public servant," from leito- "public" (from laos "people;" cf. leiton "public hall," leite "priestess;" see lay (adj.)) + -ergos "that works," from ergon "work" (see urge (v.)). Meaning "collective formulas for the conduct of divine service in Christian churches" is from 1590s.