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.
(sometimes cap.) the offering to God of the unconsecrated elements in a Eucharistic service.
the verses, anthem, or music accompanying the offerings made at a religious service. that part of a service at which offerings are made.
Origin of offertory:
1350–1400; ME < ML offertōrium place to which offerings are brought, offering, oblation
the offerings of the congregation at a religious service
the part of the Eucharist when bread and wine are offered to God
money offered or donated during a church service
the part of a church service when offerings are collected
music sung or played during the offertory of a church service
Origin: From Latin offertorium, from verb offere, offer, + suffix -torium.
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
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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