• WordNet 3.6
    • n liturgy a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship
    • n Liturgy a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Liturgy An established formula for public worship, or the entire ritual for public worship in a church which uses prescribed forms; a formulary for public prayer or devotion. In the Roman Catholic Church it includes all forms and services in any language, in any part of the world, for the celebration of Mass.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n liturgy In ancient Greece, particularly at Athens, a form of personal service to the state which citizens possessing property to a certain amount were bound, when called upon, to perform at their own cost. These liturgies were ordinary, including the presentation of dramatic performances, musical and poetic contests, etc., the celebration of some festivals, and other public functions entailing expense upon the incumbent; or extraordinary, as the fitting-out of a trireme in case of war.
    • n liturgy A form or method of conducting public worship; an appointed form for the words and acts used in the rites and ceremonies of the Christian church. The word denotes especially an appointed form for the holy communion, the hours or daily prayer, litanies, baptism, confirmation, marriage, burial, penance, visitation and unction of the sick or dying, ordinations, and other offices such as are contained in the Missal, Breviary, Ritual, Pontifical, Euchologion, Horologion, etc., of the Roman Catholic and the Greek Church, or united in one volume in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. Liturgies seem to have originated partly in the inheritance or adoption of Jewish forms of worship and their adaptation to Christian purposes. The Book of Psalms, especially as containing inspired prayers, praises, thanksgivings, etc., furnished a large amount of liturgical material. On the other hand, the forms given by Christ, such as the Lord's Prayer, the words of institution in the eucharist, the baptismal formula, etc., became centers of development for the new and distinctively Christian parts of the offices.
    • n liturgy Specifically, in liturgiology, and as the name most frequently used in the Greek Church, the form of service used in the celebration of the eucharist, or that service itself. In this last sense Latin and Roman Catholic writers generally prefer the word mass. An account of primitive Christian liturgical worship is given by Justin Martyr (in the middle of the second century a. d.), and this agrees with the Clementine Liturgy, a form referable to about a. d. 250, and so called because incorporated in the Apostolical Constitutions, a compilation attributed to St. Clement of Rome. Five great groups or families of liturgies are recognized, each of which can be referred to a single original liturgy represented by one or more direct derivatives still existing. They are:
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Liturgy lit′ur-ji the form of service or regular ritual of a church—strictly, that used in the celebration of the Eucharist: in ancient Greece, a form of personal service to the state
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. liturgie, LL. liturgia, Gr. leitoyrgi`a a public service, the public service of God, public worship; (assumedle`i:tos lei^tos, belonging to the people, public (fr. lao`s lew`s, the people) + the root of 'e`rgon work. See Lay (a.), and Work
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Gr. leitourgialaos, the people, ergon, work.


In literature:

In addition he made several settings of the Russian liturgy and edited many volumes of church music.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
It was about the liturgy.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
Prayers from the Liturgy, arranged for Private or Family Use.
"Australia, its history and present condition" by William Pridden
Liturgies of Farel and Calvin, i.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
The English Prayer Book is the local presentment of the Church's Liturgies for the English people.
"The Church: Her Books and Her Sacraments" by E. E. Holmes
No fraction of the Liturgy is native; nor has it ever been so.
"The Ethnology of the British Islands" by Robert Gordon Latham
Should I attempt to do this, might I not condemn the greater part of our Liturgy, &c.?
"A Letter Book" by George Saintsbury
Moreover, the liturgy of the Church of Rome is familiar to its people, no matter what their race.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
He did not create this liturgy but found it to hand.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Besides these, I did not see any other books but those of the liturgies for various holy days.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon

In poetry:

Thy litanies, sweet offices
Of love and gratitude;
Thy sacramental liturgies,
The joy of doing good.
"Our Master" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Down the blind speed of a fatal world we fly,
As rain blown along earth’s fields;
Yet are we god-desiring liturgy,
Sung joys of adoration;
"Hymn To Love" by Lascelles Abercrombie
Yea, Love, we are thine, the liturgy of thee,
Thy thought’s golden and glad name,
The mortal conscience of immortal glee,
Love’s zeal in Love’s own glory.
"Hymn To Love" by Lascelles Abercrombie

In news:

Bishop Caggiano celebrated a special liturgy for Catholic School Teachers at St Mark Church Sept 8.
Bishops celebrate Mass at San Fernando, prepare for meetings mostly on liturgy .
Since January 2010, he has led a series of "alternative liturgies ," worship services based around the music of artists like the Decemberists, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash.
The guide for the Liturgy of the Hours has now been posted on the RESOURCES page.
From free-form to strict liturgy.
The parish observed the occasion with a festive liturgy and social on Sept 11.
Jerry McCrea/The Star Ledger A family holds hands during a liturgy for autistic children in April, 2011.
The liturgy will be celebrated by Roman Catholic Womenpriests.
Liturgy's Hunter Hunt-Hendrix: Danish Composers and Proto -Rappers.
INTERVIEWS Watch Liturgy Cover Shellac 's 'Prayer to God' A Cappella.
Bishop Trautman of Erie, PA, former chair of the bishop's liturgy committee, has just delivered a lecture criticizing the current draft of the new translation of the Missal.
Zola Jesus and Liturgy @ Webster Hall: February 18, 2012.
The Wake, Prayer Service and Resurrection Liturgy will be Tuesday, Oct 2 in the Villa Chapel.
The liturgy next goes to convention's deputies for their authorization .

In science:

See here the palimpsest, the math almost cleared, a orthodox liturgy, perhaps St John Chrisostom, wrote above instead.” ”Let me to pass the pages, and here you have, the only known version of Archimedes letter about the Mechanical Method.
Dream of a Christmas lecture