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.
Contemporary Examples

Instead of pelting me with liturgy, he dialed it back a bit.
Stephen Baldwin Tried to Convert Me—Twice Benyamin Cohen February 14, 2009

The new pope soon struck the phrase “perfidious Jews” from the Easter liturgy.
The Catholic Church Is Insular and Intolerant Robert Shrum March 7, 2013

They lacked a nuanced way into historic Jewish philosophical writings, legal principles, liturgy, poetics.
Israel Must Recognize Israel Bernard Avishai May 15, 2012

“It’s near impossible to imagine our idiom and vernacular, let alone our liturgy, without them,” he writes.
This Week’s Must-Read Journalism The Daily Beast March 31, 2011

Father Gregorio, 39, taught a liturgy course at the seminary and volunteered at area parishes on weekends.
Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder Jason McGahan January 6, 2015

noun (pl) -gies
the forms of public services officially prescribed by a Church
(often capital) (mainly Eastern Churches) Also called Divine Liturgy. the Eucharistic celebration
a particular order or form of public service laid down by a Church

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.


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