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Meaning of OFFERTORY

Pronunciation:  'ofur`towree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the part of the Eucharist when bread and wine are offered to God
  2. [n]  the offerings of the congregation at a religious service

OFFERTORY is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 See Also: Eucharist, Eucharistic liturgy, Holy Sacrament, Liturgy, Lord's Supper, Oblation, offering, religious offering, sacrament of the Eucharist



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Of"fer*to*ry\, n.; pl. {Offertories} . [L.
offertorium the place to which offerings were brought, in LL.
offertory: cf.F. offertoire.]
1. The act of offering, or the thing offered. [Obs. or R.]
   --Bacon. Bp. Fell.

2. (R.C.Ch.)
   (a) An anthem chanted, or a voluntary played on the organ,
       during the offering and first part of the Mass.
   (b) That part of the Mass which the priest reads before
       uncovering the chalice to offer up the elements for
   (c) The oblation of the elements.

3. (Ch. of Eng. & Prot. Epis. Ch.)
   (a) The Scripture sentences said or sung during the
       collection of the offerings.
   (b) The offerings themselves.

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