noun (plural -ries) Etymology: Middle English offertorie, from Medieval Latin offertorium, from Late Latin offerre Date: 14th century 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 2. a. 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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  • offertory — index benefit (conferment) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • offertory — (n.) the part of a Mass at which offerings are made, late 14c., from M.L. offertorium place where offerings are brought, from V.L. offertus, corresponding to L. oblatus, pp. of offerre (see OFFER (Cf. offer) (v.)). Meaning part of a religious… …   Etymology dictionary

  • offertory — ► NOUN (pl. offertories) Christian Church 1) the offering of the bread and wine at the Eucharist. 2) a collection of money made at a religious service. ORIGIN Latin offertorium …   English terms dictionary

  • offertory — [ôf′ər tôr΄ē] n. pl. offertories [ME offertorie < ML(Ec) offertorium < LL(Ec), place for offerings < offerre, to OFFER] [often O ] 1. a) the part of a Eucharistic service in which the bread and wine, before being consecrated, are offered …   English World dictionary

  • Offertory — Collection plate redirects here. For the notice fixed to a post box, see collection plate (postal). The Offertory is the portion of a Eucharistic service when bread and wine are brought to the altar. The offertory exists in many liturgical… …   Wikipedia

  • offertory — UK [ˈɒfə(r)t(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈɔfərˌtɔrɪ] noun [countable] Word forms offertory : singular offertory plural offertories 1) the part of a Christian church service when the priest or minister offers bread and wine to God 2) the offering of money during… …   English dictionary

  • offertory — Synonyms and related words: Agnus Dei, Benedicite, Gloria, Gloria Patri, Gloria in Excelsis, Introit, Magnificat, Miserere, Negro spiritual, Nunc Dimittis, Te Deum, Trisagion, Vedic hymn, alleluia, alms, alms fee, answer, anthem, antiphon,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • offertory —    This word (from the Latin offerre, meaning to present or to bestow ) refers to the part of the Mass when bread and wine and other gifts are brought to the altar, often in a liturgical procession; sometimes offertory is also used to refer to… …   Glossary of theological terms

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