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  The word ‘liturgy’ is derived from the Greek word leitourgia (‘public service’), used particularly when a public-spirited citizen financed public works or events such as sacrifices for the well-being of the city. In the original Greek New Testament it meant community service, but then came to mean actual public ritual. Today it now means public worship, the supreme service humankind renders to God. In modern Christian usage, liturgy means a formal order of worship, as laid down since the Reformation in such volumes as the Catholic missal, the Anglican Book of Common Prayer or the Scottish Book of Common Worship. The general pattern followed is directly descended from the ancient traditions of worship in the Early Church. EMJ  



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