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n. pl. of·fer·to·ries
1. often Offertory
a. One of the principal parts of the Eucharistic liturgy at which bread and wine are offered to God by the celebrant.
b. A musical setting for this part of the liturgy.
2. A collection of offerings at a religious service.
[Middle English offertori, from Late Latin offertōrium, from Latin offerre, to offer; see offer.]
n, pl -tories
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the oblation of the bread and wine at the Eucharist
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the offerings of the worshippers at this service
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the prayers said or sung while the worshippers' offerings are being received
[C14: from Church Latin offertōrium place appointed for offerings, from Latin offerre to offer]
of•fer•to•ry(ˈɔ fərˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒf ər-)
n., pl. -ries.
1. (sometimes cap.) the offering to God of the unconsecrated elements in a Eucharistic service.
a. the verses, anthem, or music accompanying the offerings made at a religious service.
b. that part of a service at which offerings are made.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin offertōrium place to which offerings are brought, offering, oblation]
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|Noun||1.||offertory - the offerings of the congregation at a religious service|
offering - money contributed to a religious organization
|2.||Offertory - the part of the Eucharist when bread and wine are offered to God|
Eucharist, Eucharistic liturgy, Holy Eucharist, Holy Sacrament, Liturgy, Lord's Supper, sacrament of the Eucharist - a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine