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n. pl. in·vi·ta·to·ries
A psalm or other piece sung as an invitation to prayer in church services, especially at the opening of matins in the Roman office.
Constituting or containing an invitation.

[Middle English invitatorie, from Medieval Latin invītātōrium, from Late Latin invītātōrius, inviting, from Latin invītātus, past participle of invītāre, to invite.]


(ɪnˈvaɪtətərɪ; -trɪ)
serving as or conveying an invitation
n, pl -tories
(Ecclesiastical Terms) any of various invitations to prayer, such as Psalm 95 in a religious service


(ɪnˈvaɪ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

serving to invite; conveying an invitation.
[1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin]
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Adj.1.invitatory - conveying an invitation; "a brief invitatory note"
inviting - attractive and tempting; "an inviting offer"
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7 -- Matins Psalter, Invitatorium (1681); 660 x 445; 5 staves; fols.
Even the sacred works on this excellent CD, the fourth in Hyperion's Bach's Contemporaries series, show numerous unexpected twists and turns, from the intensely expressive and unexpected dissonances of the homophonic choral writing in the Litaniae de Venerabili Sacramento, (surprising also for its vocal solos that begin with one voice and end with another), to the Invitatorium, one of four pieces taken from the thirteen-movement Officium Defunctorum, where throbbing string chords are hauntingly repeated ritornello-like between the various verses and refrains.
This collaboration continued at last year's Forfest Festival 2008 with another, this time purely vocal piece Invito (Nacalo) using the texts of the Latin and Orthodox invitatorium, and I think that as far as work with voice is concerned, it was perhaps even purer.