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1. The term ‘liturgy’ derives from the Greek leitourgia, which denotes the execution of an act by or for the people—a “public service.” The technical concept was coined in a context of sacred devotion, with the specific meaning of a ritual, publicly performed, service to a deity. In the Church, it is generally understood that the Eucharist (→ Lord's Supper/Eucharist) will be at the center of a liturgy. The world over, lit…

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Moser, Heike, “Liturgy/Dramaturgy”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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