Liturgy

  • Adrian Fortescue, “Liturgy” Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 9. (New York: 1910) -
    Liturgy (leitourgia) is a Greek composite word meaning originally a public duty, a service to the state undertaken by a citizen. Its elements are leitos (from leos = laos, people) meaning public, and ergo (obsolete in the present stem, used in future erxo, etc.), to do. From this we have leitourgos, "a man who performs a public duty", "a public servant", often used as equivalent to the Roman lictor; then leitourgeo, "to do such a duty", leitourgema, its performance, and leitourgia, the public duty itself. At Athens the leitourgia was the public service performed...Learn more »
  • The Order of the Mass (pdf)
  • Exerpts from The Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican (pdf)
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