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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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The cards are cut in half, which makes the content impossible to read; it was possible to group them into one whole manuscript fragment containing 35 invitatories.
The set consists of six pairs (twelve volumes), plus one single book of Matins invitatories.
Canonical regulations, for instance, stipulated that chantry priests were to participate in the day-to-day liturgy of the parish--to be present in the choir at matins, evensong and other divine services, wearing surplices, and to assist at matins, mass and the hours by singing invitatories, hymns, anthems, responds, grails and the like, reading lessons, epistles, gospels and singing psalms.