Fathers of the Oratory
Oratory Or"a*to*ry, n.; pl. {Oratories}. [OE. oratorie, fr. L. oratorium, fr. oratorius of praying, of an orator: cf. F. oratoire. See {Orator}, {Oral}, and cf. {Oratorio}.] A place of orisons, or prayer; especially, a chapel or small room set apart for private devotions. [1913 Webster]

An oratory [temple] . . . in worship of Dian. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Do not omit thy prayers for want of a good oratory, or place to pray in. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

{Fathers of the Oratory} (R. C. Ch.), a society of priests founded by St. Philip Neri, living in community, and not bound by a special vow. The members are called also {oratorians}. [1913 Webster]


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