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1. Term and Development

1.1. Term

In the pagan world, “liturgy” (Gk. leitourgia, from leı̈tos, “concerning the public,” plus ergon, “work”) originally had an entirely secular use, connoting the service owed to the public by persons of means; in addition, philanthropists took on additional service, also called liturgy. The basic meaning was thus “service for the people.”

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Marshall, Paul V., Adam, Adolf, Theodorou, Evangelos, Pfatteicher, Philip H. and Berger, Teresa, “Liturgy”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_L479>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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