Synonyms for observanceəbˈzɜr vəns
observation, observance, watching(noun)
the act of observing; taking a patient look
ceremony, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, observance(noun)
a formal event performed on a special occasion
notice, observation, observance(noun)
the act of noticing or paying attention
conformity with law or custom or practice etc.
observance(noun)The practice of complying with a law, custom, command or rule
observance(noun)The custom of celebrating a holiday or similar occasion
observance(noun)Observation or the act of watching
observance(noun)A rule governing a religious order, especially in the Roman Catholic church
English Synonyms and Antonyms, by James Champlin Fernald
Any religious act, especially a public act, viewed as a means of serving God is called a service; the word commonly includes the entire series of exercises of a single occasion of public worship. A religious service ordained as an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace is called a sacrament. Ceremony is a form expressing reverence, or at least respect; we may speak of religious ceremonies, the ceremonies of polite society, the ceremonies of a coronation, an inauguration, etc. An observance has more than a formal obligation, reaching or approaching a religious sacredness; a stated religious observance, viewed as established by authority, is called an ordinance; viewed as an established custom, it is a rite. The terms sacrament and ordinance, in the religious sense, are often used interchangeably; the ordinance derives its sacredness from the authority that ordained it, while the sacrament possesses a sacredness due to something in itself, even when viewed simply as a representation or memorial. The Lord's Supper is the Scriptural name for the observance commemorating the death of Christ; the word communion is once applied to it (1 Cor. x, 16), but not as a distinctive name; at an early period, however, the name communion was so applied, as denoting the communing of Christians with their Lord, or with one another. The term eucharist describes the Lord's Supper as a thanksgiving service; it is also called by preeminence the sacrament, as the ratifying of a solemn vow of consecration to Christ.
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