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  • She supports a more contemporary liturgy.
  • She likes the sense of tradition in the Latin liturgy.
  • This last was a rising, wavering wail—a spine-chilling sound that mingled fury with lamentation in a way that seemed almost liturgical, like the keening of a maddened rabbi.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I’ve had to relearn the importance of underwear, which has a liturgy of its own: I see England, I see France,
    I can see your underpants.
     Or else: Me no know, me no care,
    Me no wear no underwear.
    This is said by boys, while making faces like monkeys.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • I sat rigid, lacking the form and ritual, the liturgical courtesies that eased the brothers into the depths of their sacred conversation.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The liturgical chant had given way to a burst of inappropriately festive orchestration.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She brushed Mama Elena’s hair until it was thoroughly dry, braided it, and that completed the liturgy.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • The language of the Sumerian is different in quality, perhaps in part because it is closer to hymn and liturgy.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • In the medieval Catholic Church, the church’s liturgy in Latin and the church’s ritual prayers had been the backbone of the religious service.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • When he goes inside, he sees the local grocer with rather in oily expression on his face bustling up to offer him one shiny little book containing a liturgy which neither of them understands, and one shabby little book containing corrupt texts of a number of religious lyrics, mostly bad, and in very small print.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters

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  • The figure of a woman as she appears in the liturgy of the church passed silently through the darkness: a white-robed figure, small and slender as a boy, and with a falling girdle.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • …early, leaving Queequeg shut up with Yojo in our little bedroom—for it seemed that it was some sort of Lent or Ramadan, or day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer with Queequeg and Yojo that day; HOW it was I never could find out, for, though I applied myself to it several times, I never could master his liturgies and XXXIX Articles—leaving Queequeg, then, fasting on his tomahawk pipe, and Yojo warming himself at his sacrificial fire of shavings, I sallied out among the shipping.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In his effort to find a shorter route, the coachman braved the rough cobblestones of the colonial city and had to stop often to keep the horse from being frightened by the rowdiness of the religious societies and fraternities coming back from the Pentecost liturgy.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • This assembly of station wagons, as much as anything they might do in the course of the year, more than formal liturgies or laws , tells the parents they are a collection of the like-minded and the spiritually akin, a people, a nation.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • His liturgy was composed of intoned and metrical road-comments: "They say there’s a pretty good hike from Duluth to International Falls."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • But the liturgy of Livingstone collars and dark ties fell on heedless ears; in fact D’Invilliers faintly resented his efforts; so Amory confined himself to calls once a week, and brought him occasionally to 12 Univee.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • No priest could have been concerned in the strange rough group; it was the work of Indians and had nothing in common with the tidy vestments of the Mass and the elaborately worked out symbols of the liturgy.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Nor do we hear much of /matins/, /lauds/, /lay-readers/, /ritualism/ and the /liturgy/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Gebrew’s liturgy was in ancient Biblical Geez, the official language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Once I realised that I could memorize bright snatches of the liturgy, I set myself to do it every Sunday, adding to my harvest like a farmer building his stook.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • She might as well have been speaking Latin, but that’s okay, since this customer is farniliar with the liturgy and signs and numbers it before the words are fully spoken.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • You have, then, resided much in the cities, for no other part of this country is so fortunate as to possess the constant enjoyment of our excellent liturgy.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Most liturgical texts bring together the concepts of the Old and the New Testament and put them side by side.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Although the words were not slavishly borrowed, the expressions partook of the simple dignity of the liturgy to which she had been accustomed, and was probably as worthy of the Being to whom they were addressed as they could well be made by human powers.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Not a holy-rolling, fire-and-brimstone guy by any stretch, but not a soft-spoken minister in vestments, performing liturgical readings either.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Nearly every religion has some liturgical or social ritual involving the coming together of the faithful to share sustenance.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "Amen," we girls chanted, for the sound of Latin cued us for liturgical response.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • "Orgy-porgy," the dancers caught up the liturgical refrain, "Orgy-porgy, Ford and fun, kiss the girls …" And as they sang, the lights began slowly to fade–to fade and at the same time to grow warmer, richer, redder, until at last they were dancing in the crimson twilight of an Embryo Store.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Nelson came home once and asked me what the words meant, assuming they were liturgical.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • And an intellectual would have shown enough majestic meanings, colored propositions, and closely woven liturgical stuff to dress the House of Lords!
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • …I need not spell it out, since it cannot have escaped you that the degrees in the Scottish Rite are but a surrogate for another hierarchy, that the alchemistic knowledge of the Master Mason is fulfilled in the mystery of transubstantiation, and that the mystic tour with which the lodge favors its novices clearly corresponds to the means of grace, just as the metaphoric games of its ceremonies are reflections of the liturgical and architectural symbols of our Holy Catholic Church.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Three voices chanting liturgically, a priest reciting the same line over and over and two altar boys delivering fixed responses.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Surely the light of God’s word and grace is available to those outside the Church of England, and through more direct means than the Liturgy.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • "Our liturgy," observed Crawford, "has beauties, which not even a careless, slovenly style of reading can destroy; but it has also redundancies and repetitions which require good reading not to be felt.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • ] [Footnote 582: Liturgy.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • He thought the custom of baptism more important than its doctrine, and that the religious benefits the peasant drew from the church where his fathers worshipped and the sacred piece of turf where they lay buried were but slightly dependent on a clear understanding of the Liturgy or the sermon.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • The most common example is the Hymn to Water, a direct copy from the Orange Catholic Liturgical Manual, calling for rain clouds which Arrakis had never seen.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • This photograph was, of course, in common use in their ritual observances, was subjected to daily profanation, for the friend replied in words which were evidently a liturgical response: "Let him stay there.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • I had some years before compos’d a little Liturgy, or form of prayer, for my own private use (viz.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • This was by no means an intended slight of that liturgy to which the divine alluded, but was the habit of a people who owed their very existence, as a distinct nation, to the doctrinal character of their ancestors.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • It is so unusual to find one of your age and appearance, in these woods, at all acquainted with our holy liturgy, that it lessens at once the distance between us, and I feel that we are no longer strangers.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • I am delighted to meet with you, my young friend, for I think an ingenuous mind, such as I doubt not yours must be, will exhibit all the advantages of a settled doctrine and devout liturgy.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • He is mixed with the blood of the Indians, you have heard; and neither the refinements of education nor the advantages of our excellent liturgy have been able entirely to eradicate the evil.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • No longer was there the liturgical chatter of how San Zenon had made the day sunny for a granddaughter’s wedding or how Santa Lucia had cured the cow’s pinkeye.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • You have found an excellence in the church liturgy that has hitherto escaped me.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • She would leave whatever she was doing, no matter what it was, and devote her entire body to trying to make him happy in the enormous mythic bed that was always ready for him, and in which she never permitted the invocation of liturgical formalisms.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • It was magnificently Catholic and liturgical.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • As hard as I willed it, I could not draw up anything to follow: no formal supplication, no Bible verse, no scrap of liturgy.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • As it says in a liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation, Adam tried to be like God and failed, but now God was made man so that Adam should be made God.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The liturgy also uses it in its later Russian connotation of lust’ and Vice.’
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
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