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  • At Athens the the leitourgia was the public service performed by the wealthier citizens at their own expense, such as the office of gymnasiarch, who superintended the gymnasium, that of choregus, who paid the singers of a chorus in the theatre, that of the hestiator, who gave a banquet to his tribe, of the trierarchus, who provided a warship for the state.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • After all, the very term 'liturgy' comes from the Greek leitourgia, meaning "work of the people," and I've loved those occasions when I've been granted the privilege of being a lector or extraordinary eucharistic minister; yet it's impossible for laity to do that, or indeed much else, in the older rite.

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  • The ministry [leitourgia, “liturgy”] Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior [diaphoros, “differing, surpassing”] to the old one, and it is founded on better [kreitton, “stronger, more noble”] promises [divine pledges or vows].

    God is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu …

  • It was his duty to provide and preside over a chorus to sing, dance, or play at any of the public festivals, defraying the cost as a state service of leitourgia.


  • Liturgy (leitourgia) is a Greek composite word meaning originally a public duty, a service to the state undertaken by a citizen.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • -- He theia leitourgia tou hagiou apostolou kai euaggelistou Markou mathetou tou hagiou Petrou (Paris, 1583), edited by JOHN A S. ANDREA (de Saint-Andrée).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • But it is not clear what meaning is to attached to the words leitourgia ton euchon, used in the canon.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • S. Jean Chrysostome (Greek and French, Paris, 1907); i He theia leitourgia, periechousa ton esperinon, k.t.l. (Athens, 1894); CHARON,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • But there is no need of more testimonies, since examples are everywhere obvious to those reading the Greek writers, in whom _leitourgia_ is employed for public civil burdens or ministries.

    Apology of the Augsburg Confession

  • Maybe it begins by embracing the kergyma of the gospels as the leitourgia.



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