(Lat. things to be done). Also spelled Agende as taken from the German, used since the 16th c. in a wide sense to designate a book of ritual or order of worship indicating forms and ceremonies of ch. liturgy. The word may be used in a narrower sense in reference to special services and occasions (e.g., Baptism, confirmation, marriage, funeral, ordination) in distinction from liturgy as associated with common, gen. pub. services. Examples in Am. include Kirchenagende für Ev. Luth. Gemeinden ungeänderter Augsburgischer Konfession (St. Louis, 1922); Agende (Milwaukee, 1911); Liturgy and Agenda (St. Louis, 1936). See also Löohe, Johann Konrad Wilhelm; Service Books.
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