originally meant public work, such as arranging the
dancing and singing on public festivals, the
torch-races, the equipping and manning of ships, etc. In the Church
of England it means the religious forms prescribed in the Book of
Common Prayer. (Greek, litourgia.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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