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Liturgy

Liturgy: a fixed set of ceremonies, words, etc., that are used during public worship in a religion.

From the Greek leitourgia, liturgy means literally “the work of the people.”  In a liturgical church, such as St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, the term liturgy denotes the expectation that the people (congregation) do the “work” of responding to the priest.  The people assume a very active role in the celebration of the Mass, as opposed to a passive observer role.

When asked why he loves the liturgy of the Orthodox Anglican Church so much, Canon Rusty responded; “The liturgy involves everything that we are and every sense we have.  We stand to praise, we sit to learn and we kneel to pray.  We see the icons and symbols, we hear the music, prayers, ritual and teaching, we taste the body and blood of Christ, we smell the incense and we feel the touch of many things.  Truly, the liturgy engages our entire being.  There are no spectators in a liturgical Mass!”