noun of·fer·to·ry \ˈ-fə(r)-ˌtr-ē, ˈä-\

: the offering of bread and wine to God as part of the Communion ceremony during a Christian church service

: a verse from a psalm that is said or sung at the beginning of the Offertory

: the part of a Christian church service during which offerings of money are collected

plural of·fer·to·ries

Full Definition of OFFERTORY

often capitalized
a :  the eucharistic offering of bread and wine to God before they are consecrated
b :  a verse from a Psalm said or sung at the beginning of the offertory
a :  the period of collection and presentation of the offerings of the congregation at public worship
b :  a musical composition played or sung during an offertory


Middle English offertorie, from Medieval Latin offertorium, from Late Latin offerre
First Known Use: 14th century


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