1 [mass noun] Christian Church Liturgical worship regarded as humankind’s primary duty to God.
- Only in the monasteries were young men taught to read and write, and then solely in order to carry out service to God, the opus Dei, and to disseminate His words and deeds and His grand plan for humanity, as recorded in the Bible.
Late 19th century: from medieval Latin, literally 'work of God'.
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