Suppose you saw this in a Woman’s Guild Newsletter: “Join us at 3:00 on April 30 for the liturgy of the Rosary. We will pray the luminous mysteries.” Can you spot the error? If not (and even if you did), read on.
The word liturgy came into our common Catholic vocabulary with the Second Vatican Council. Originally it was a Greek word that meant public service and referred to any job that served the people, such as being in the military and feeding the hungry. Eventually the word came to mean public worship for the sake of others. Today liturgy refers to the official public worship of the Church: the people of God along with Christ their head, celebrating the mysteries of Christ and expressing the nature of the Church. The “public” part of the liturgy is the whole assembly gathered together to worship.