noun, plural of·fer·to·ries.
Origin of offertory
Examples from the Web for offertory
The offertory is a more direct appeal, but it only yielded in the year 184l.The Church Index|William Pepperell
Even the check that you put in the plate when you take the offertory up the aisle on Sunday morning?The Unknown Quantity|Henry van Dyke
But when the Offertory was reached, matters suddenly quickened.The Historical Nights' Entertainment|Rafael Sabatini
Near this domestic quarter was found a small shrine of the Double Axes, with cult objects and offertory vessels in their places.
One of the most pleasing parts of the service is the taking up of the offertory.The Quiver 12/1899|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for offertory
noun plural -tories
Word Origin for offertory
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.