- (sometimes initial capital letter) the offering of the unconsecrated elements that is made to God by the celebrant in a Eucharistic service.
Origin of offertory
Examples from the Web for offertory
When, after the offertory, Pierre uncovered the chalice he felt contempt for himself.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The Offertory having been recited, the priest uncovered the chalice.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
It would be like putting bad money into the offertory to put me into that holy work.The Christian
But when the Offertory was reached, matters suddenly quickened.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
He sang an Offertory solo, accompanying himself on the harmonium.My New Curate
- the oblation of the bread and wine at the Eucharist
- the offerings of the worshippers at this service
- the prayers said or sung while the worshippers' offerings are being received
Word Origin and History for offertory
"the part of a Mass at which offerings are made," late 14c., from Medieval Latin offertorium "place where offerings are brought," from Vulgar Latin offertus, corresponding to Latin oblatus, past participle of offerre (see offer (v.)). Meaning "part of a religious service" is first recorded 1530s; sense of "collection of money" is from 1862.