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1. Catholic

1.1. Scope and meaning

In the Catholic context, public worship, specifically liturgy (Greek leitourgía, “congregational act of worship”; German Gottesdienst, "divine service"), is a general term referring to gatherings in which the Church performs rituals to commemorate salvation granted by God through Jesus Christ and offers him worship, thanks, and prayer. The Mass (re-enacting in sacramental form the death and resurrection of Christ) is the central focus an…

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Bärsch, Jürgen, Wendebourg, Dorothea, Felmy, Karl Christian and Loeser, Martin, “Worship”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 16 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020361>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20151216

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