• WordNet 3.6
    • n Offertory the part of the Eucharist when bread and wine are offered to God
    • n offertory the offerings of the congregation at a religious service
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Offertory (R. C. Ch) An anthem chanted, or a voluntary played on the organ, during the offering and first part of the Mass.
    • Offertory (R. C. Ch) That part of the Mass which the priest reads before uncovering the chalice to offer up the elements for consecration.
    • Offertory The act of offering, or the thing offered.
    • Offertory (R. C. Ch) The oblation of the elements.
    • Offertory (Ch. of Eng. & Prot. Epis. Ch) The offerings themselves.
    • Offertory (Ch. of Eng. & Prot. Epis. Ch) The Scripture sentences said or sung during the collection of the offerings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n offertory The act of offering, or the thing offered.
    • n offertory Eccles.: In medieval usage — A cloth of fine linen or richer material used to receive the bread offered by the people.
    • n offertory A cloth with which the deacon or assistant at mass lifted the chalice.
    • n offertory A strip of silk worn like a scarf, with which the acolyte, or afterward the subdeacon, held the empty paten from the time of the lesser oblation till the end of the canon. Also called the offertory veil.
    • n offertory In the mass of the Roman Catholic and in the communion office of the Anglican and Protestant Episcopal churches— The verses or the anthem said or sung while the gifts of the people are received and the celebrant is placing the unconsecrated elements on the altar; also, the musical setting of such verses or anthem.
    • n offertory The money (or, as formerly, other gifts) then received from the people.
    • n offertory The oblation of the unconsecrated elements then made by the celebrant. Also called the lesser oblation. See oblation, 3.
    • n offertory The part of the service beginning with the offertory verses or anthem and ending before the Sursum Corda.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Offertory act of offering, the thing offered: the verses or the anthem said or sung while the offerings of the congregation are being made and the celebrant is placing the unconsecrated elements on the altar: the money collected at a religious service: anciently a linen or silken cloth used in various ceremonies connected with the administration of the eucharist
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. offertorium, the place to which offerings were brought, in LL. offertory: cf. F. offertoire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. offerreob, towards, ferre, to bring.


In literature:

By reason of which proclamation there was made a great and sorrowful offertory.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
A ring made out of the offertory money was a cure for fits.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
He sang an Offertory solo, accompanying himself on the harmonium.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
The only part that must be new will be the Offertory for the day, unless you happen to have that too.
"Stradella" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
Corporate as well as individual life is a reality, and this fact must not be lost sight of in connection with our offertories.
"Churchwardens' Manual their duties, powers, rights, and privilages" by George Henry
After the ceremony we heard mass and contributed to three distinct offertories.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
The collection at the offertory was made for the Sarawak Mission, and above five hundred C. rupees collected.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
The Offertory was handled by Brother N.C.O.
"Telempathy" by Vance Simonds
You must understand there's a weekly offertory in our church.
"Mad Shepherds" by L. P. Jacks
The weekly offertory is the rule at 128, nearly one-fifth.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
He returned to the altar, and the offertory anthem filled the church.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
Following upon the Offertory and Secret comes the Preface, or immediate preparation for the sacred Canon.
"Breaking with the Past" by Francis Aidan Gasquet
Better than nothing, as the parson said when he found a button in the offertory box.
"Dry Fish and Wet" by Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
But the vicar liked it, of course; as well as adding to his prestige, it swelled the offertory.
"Coelebs" by F.E. Mills Young
Who would come to consult you about a homicidal tendency, or a trick of tampering with special offertories?
"The Crime Doctor" by Ernest William Hornung
No offertories, which in towns greatly help the clergy, can make the country deficiency good.
"Social Transformations of the Victorian Age" by T. H. S. (Thomas Hay Sweet) Escott
Give me the offertory of bud and bloom, The perfect caroling of happy birds.
"The Optimist's Good Morning" by Florence Hobart Perin
York and Hereford ordered no censing at the offertory.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
The offertory, on these occasions, is always devoted to the work of the Church of the Holy Star, in Ugonduma.
"The Following of the Star" by Florence L. Barclay
The offertory in the city churches will be devoted to the fund.
"History of the Johnstown Flood" by Willis Fletcher Johnson

In news:

Justorum Animae (Offertory: "The Souls of the Righteous").