offertory

noun of·fer·to·ry \ ˈȯ-fər-ˌtȯr-ē , ˈȯ-fə- , ˈä- \

Definition of offertory

plural offertories
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 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

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Origin and Etymology of offertory

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


OFFERTORY Defined for English Language Learners

offertory

noun

Definition of offertory for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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