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.
The numerical value of offertory in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of offertory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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