of·​fer·​to·​ry | \ ˈȯ-fər-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce offertory (audio) , ˈȯ-fə-, ˈä-\
plural offertories

Definition of offertory

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
2a : 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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Stanley also served as an offertory collector during weekly Mass for many years., "Stanley W. Lesinski," 17 May 2018 But when the Communion plates were passed, Trump mistook the silver plates for the offertory, digging out several bills from his pocket, according to the Associated Press. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Only Guy Who Predicted 2016 Did It in 380 B.C.," 30 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of offertory

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for offertory

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

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English Language Learners 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

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