Definitions for offertoryˈɔ fərˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒf ər-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

of•fer•to•ryˈɔ fərˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒf ər-(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. (sometimes cap.) the offering to God of the unconsecrated elements in a Eucharistic service.

    Category: Religion

  2. the verses, anthem, or music accompanying the offerings made at a religious service. that part of a service at which offerings are made.

    Category: Religion

Origin of offertory:

1350–1400; ME < ML offertōrium place to which offerings are brought, offering, oblation


Princeton's WordNet

  1. offertory(noun)

    the offerings of the congregation at a religious service

  2. Offertory(noun)

    the part of the Eucharist when bread and wine are offered to God


  1. offertory(Noun)

    money offered or donated during a church service

  2. offertory(Noun)

    the part of a church service when offerings are collected

  3. offertory(Noun)

    music sung or played during the offertory of a church service

  4. Origin: From Latin offertorium, from verb offere, offer, + suffix -torium.


  1. Offertory

    The offertory is the part of a Eucharistic service when the bread and wine for use in the service are ceremonially placed on the altar. A collection of alms from the congregation, such as may take place also at non-Eucharistic services, often coincides with this ceremony. The Eucharistic theology of Christian denominations that have a liturgical offertory may vary. In the Roman Rite, the term "preparation of the gifts" is used in addition to the term "offertory".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Offertory

    in the Roman Catholic Church a portion of the liturgy chanted at the commencement of the eucharistic service, also in the English the part of the service read during the collection of the alms at communion.


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