[aw-fer-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, of-er-] /ˈɔ fərˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒf ər-/

noun, plural offertories.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the offering of the unconsecrated elements that is made to God by the celebrant in a Eucharistic service.

noun (pl) -tories
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

“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.

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