Liturgy (Greek: Λειτουργία) is the customary public worship done by a specific religious group, according to its particular traditions.
The word, sometimes rendered by its English translation "service", may refer to an elaborate formal ritual such as the Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgy (Greek: Θεία λειτουργία) and Catholic Mass, or a daily activity such as the Muslim salat and Jewish services. As a religious phenomenon, liturgy is a communal response to the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication, or repentance. Ritualization may be associated with life events such as birth, coming of age, marriage and death. It thus forms the basis for establishing a relationship with a divine agency, as well as with other participants in the liturgy. Methods of dress, preparation of food, application of cosmetics or other hygienic practices are all considered liturgical activities.
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1917 - Private printing booklet with the Liturgy of the Holy Mass (18 pgs). 1918 - Two booklets containing the Liturgy of the Mass, a Form for the Administration of Holy Communion, Form for the Communion of the Sick, the Order of. 1919 - The Liturgy was first published in its entirety ...
... the Lectionary, the Hymn-book (containing the variable hymns of the Liturgy), the Book of Hours (containing the Divine Office and, generally, the deacon's ... There are many extracts from them, especially from the Liturgy ...
... in both early Christian theology and liturgy and in gnosticism ... This idea is related to the Resurrection the main aim of the liturgy, and in particular of the Day of Atonement, was to maintain the Creation ... The early Christian liturgy incorporated many elements of the First Temple Liturgy the liturgy of the bread of the Eucharist traces its roots in the Saturday offering of the bread (Leviticus 245-9) and ...
... prescribed form of Quaker worship, sometimes referred to as "the liturgy of silence." Typically in Christianity, however, the term "the liturgy" normally ... In the Catholic tradition, liturgy is considered to mean the participation of the people in the work of God and in the liturgy Jesus Christ is considered to continue the work of ... The term "liturgy" can also be used as a precise term that distinguishes between those religious groups who believe their ritual requires the "people" to do the "work" of responding to the priest, and those who do ...
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“You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion.... Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cats meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.”
—Aldous Huxley (18941963)
“My liturgy would employ
Images of sousing,
A furious devout drench....”
—Philip Larkin (19221986)