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What is a liturgical church?

Most churches have some form of liturgy that guides the flow of service, but a "liturgical church" conducts its services by a strict, prescribed liturgy — a formal structure or order of worship, which has been passed down from tradition. This type of church generally places much emphasis upon ceremony and ritual, and may use various forms of religious icons.

A historical form of liturgy practiced in many such churches, is as follows:

    (1) Confession of Sins
    (2) Pronouncement of Absolution
    (3) Acknowledgment of God's Authority
    (4) The Reading of God's Word
    (5) A Hymn of Praise
    (6) A Sermon
    (7) The Offering
    (8) The Prayers of the Church
    (9) The Holy Communion

Well known liturgical churches who follow a similar form are the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Eastern Orthodox churches.

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