Definition of liturgy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlɪtədʒi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtərdʒi//
[countable, uncountable] (pl. liturgies)
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a fixed form of public worship used in churches Word Originmid 16th cent.: via French or late Latin from Greek leitourgia ‘public service, worship of the gods’, from leitourgos ‘minister’, from lēitos ‘public’ + -ergos ‘working’.Extra examples He has written several books on theology and liturgy. Henry VIII ordered that the English Prayer Book was to replace the old Latin liturgy in church services. Liturgy has the power to blend people into a community.
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