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noun of·fer·to·ry \ˈȯ-fə(r)-ˌtȯr-ē, ˈä-\

Simple Definition of offertory

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of offertory



  1. 1 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

  2. 2 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

Origin and Etymology of offertory

Middle English offertorie, from Medieval Latin offertorium, from Late Latin offerre

First Known Use: 14th century

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a very small amount

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