from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A prescribed form or set of forms for public religious worship.
- noun Christianity The sacrament of the Eucharist.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
- noun 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.
- noun 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A predetermined or
prescribedset of ritualsthat are performed, usually by a religion.
- noun An official worship service of the Christian church.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
- noun a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Lynn Bauman explains, The term liturgy comes from the language of the New Testament itself.
One of the things that this pope represents is a kind of traditionalism in what they call the liturgy, which is the mass and the music.
Remember the general theme of Pope Benedict XVI on the liturgy is the "Reform of the reform".
The development of the liturgy is artificial constrained by monopolistic privilege for a few.
This augurs well for serious, charitable discussion of the vital issues at stake, for the liturgy is the "source and summit" of the entire life of the Church.
In regards the sacred liturgy, they often think that it does not matter so much how the liturgy is celebrated so long as one knows what the liturgy is all about in general.
And, it should never be forgotten that the actual clothing of the liturgy is a clothing of sanctity: it finds expression, in fact, in the holiness of God.
The orientation of the liturgy is a particularly primary matter for the reform of the reform.
You are forgiven, because the liturgy is still being written, and translating from Aramaic to Greek to Roman to Whatever is very error prone (throw in some Farsi and Arabic and Sanscrit, for good measure).
Catholic music for liturgy is not just a series of songs.