Introduction

Welcome to Liturgy from A to Z

Liturgy wordle

My handy Pocket Catholic Dictionary defines liturgy as “a public service, duty, or work”. It states that the word liturgy is derived from the Greek leitos meaning “of the people” plus ergon meaning “work”. In present day usage liturgy refers to a public religious worship, distinguishing it from private devotion; however, in the Eastern Church it means specifically the Eucharistic Sacrifice. That said, the adjective liturgical then follows to represent something relating to liturgy or having the characteristics of liturgy.

So there we have it.

This new endeavor will attempt to educate and inform on all things liturgical. The idea was presented as one that brought together two areas of interest: the study of liturgy and our community’s web committee. Too narrow a topic? Let me tell you …

The subject of liturgy is vast. Kicking around ideas one day I did what one does in the year of our Lord, 2018: I googled the word liturgy. The result of that search is shown above, a visual representation of sorts. Besides, one of the first courses taken as a postulant was titled The Liturgical Year and three of those years later, it’s still one of my favorites. The web committee was looking for ways to expand readership and address a blank space on the liturgy page. The result is what you have before you – the first installment of:

Liturgy from A to Z – the work of the people

As there is a lot of ground to cover we will start at the beginning, with the letter “A”. Next week’s posting will begin a series on Liturgical Art; specifically, Iconography. During the series we’ll cover, among other things, how to go from a blank gesso'd board to a completed icon of St John the Baptist.

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3
blank board
From this ...
completed St John the Baptist
... to that