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divine service

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a service of the Christian church, esp one at which no sacrament is given

serv•ice1

(ˈsɜr vɪs)

n., adj., v. -iced, -ic•ing. n.
1. an act of helpful activity; help; aid.
2. the supplying or supplier of utilities, commodities, or other facilities that meet a public need, as water, electricity, communication, or transportation.
3. the providing or a provider of accommodation and activities required by the public, as maintenance or repair: guaranteed service and parts.
4. the organized system of apparatus, appliances, employees, etc., for supplying some accommodation required by the public: a television repair service.
5. the performance of duties or the duties performed as or by a waiter or servant.
6. employment in any duties or work for a person, organization, government, etc.
7. a department of public employment, or the body of public servants in it: the diplomatic service.
8. the duty or work of public servants.
9.
a. the armed forces: in the service.
b. a branch of the armed forces.
10. the actions required in loading and firing a cannon.
11. Often, services. the performance of any duties or work for another: medical services.
12. something made or done by a commercial organization for the public benefit and without regard to direct profit.
13. Also called divine service. public religious worship according to prescribed form and order.
14. a ritual or form prescribed for public worship or for some particular occasion: the marriage service.
15. the serving of God by obedience, piety, etc.
16. a musical setting of the sung portions of a liturgy.
17. a set of dishes, utensils, etc., for general table use or for particular use.
19. Law. the serving of a process or writ upon a person.
20. (in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.)
a. the act or manner of putting the ball or shuttlecock into play; serve.
b. the ball or shuttlecock as put into play.
21. the mating of a female animal with the male.
adj.
22. of service; useful.
23. of, pertaining to, or used by servants, delivery people, etc., or in serving food.
24. supplying services rather than products or goods: the service professions.
25. supplying maintenance and repair: a service center for electrical appliances.
26. of, for, or pertaining to the armed forces or one of them.
27. providing, authorizing, or guaranteeing service: a service contract.
v.t.
28. to make fit for use; repair or restore: to service an automobile.
29. to supply with aid, information, or other incidental services.
30. (of a male animal) to mate with (a female animal).
31. to pay off (a debt) over a period of time, as by meeting periodic interest payments.
[before 1100; late Old English serfise ceremony < Old French servise, service < Latin servitium servitude, derivative of serv(us) slave]

serv•ice2

(ˈsɜr vɪs)

n.
a service tree, esp. Sorbus domestica.
[1520–30; earlier serves, pl. of obsolete serve service tree, Middle English; Old English syrfe < Vulgar Latin *sorbea, derivative of Latin sorbus sorb1]

Ser•vice

(ˈsɜr vɪs)

n.
Robert W(illiam), 1874–1958, Canadian writer.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.divine service - the act of public worship following prescribed rulesdivine service - the act of public worship following prescribed rules; "the Sunday service"
religious ceremony, religious ritual - a ceremony having religious meaning
church service, church - a service conducted in a house of worship; "don't be late for church"
devotional - a short religious service
prayer meeting, prayer service - a service at which people sing hymns and pray together
chapel service, chapel - a service conducted in a place of worship that has its own altar; "he was late for chapel"
committal service - service committing a body to the grave; "the committal service will be held next Monday"
none - a service in the Roman Catholic Church formerly read or chanted at 3 PM (the ninth hour counting from sunrise) but now somewhat earlier
vesper - a late afternoon or evening worship service
watch night - a devotional service (especially on New Year's Eve)
invocation, supplication - a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
References in classic literature ?
Several churches of different denominations are open, and divine service is performed in them unhindered.
As soon as divine service was over, the Thorpes and Allens eagerly joined each other; and after staying long enough in the pump-room to discover that the crowd was insupportable, and that there was not a genteel face to be seen, which everybody discovers every Sunday throughout the season, they hastened away to the Crescent, to breathe the fresh air of better company.
In the beginning of one of them Alfred says, "There are only a few on this side of the Humber who can understand the Divine Service, or even explain a Latin epistle in English, and I believe not many on the other side of the Humber either.
On each side of the choir and behind the gratings opening into the convent was assembled the whole community of the Carmelites, who listened to the divine service, and mingled their chant with the chant of the priests, without seeing the profane, or being seen by them.
Tom Sawyer went home quite cheerful, thinking to himself that there was some satisfaction about divine service when there was a bit of variety in it.
All the nobles of Britain, with their families, attended divine service morning and night daily, in their private chapels, and even the worst of them had family worship five or six times a day besides.
Captain Fitz Roy took a party there this day to hear divine service, first in the Tahitian language, and afterwards in our own.
Edmund might, in the common phrase, do the duty of Thornton, that is, he might read prayers and preach, without giving up Mansfield Park: he might ride over every Sunday, to a house nominally inhabited, and go through divine service; he might be the clergyman of Thornton Lacey every seventh day, for three or four hours, if that would content him.
In turn, philosophy is, as Hegel again acknowledged, the highest form of divine service.
They will worship with traditional Divine Service III from Lutheran Service Book with Holy Communion celebrating the Nativity of Jesus.
At a meeting of the magistrates at Tynemouth in 1788 it was ordered that "the churchwardens should see the constables paid for every Sunday they were on duty examining that no barbers nor hairdressers, nor others, follow their occupations on a Sunday, and that no publicans suffer tippling in their houses during the time of divine service."
Even when Pope Gregory issued and interdict, a temporary suspension of Divine Service in the city of Lucca, Zita walked to Pizan territory to attend Mass.