- the part of a Eucharistic service in which the bread and wine, before being consecrated, are offered to God
- the prayers said then
- a hymn or musical composition used then
- the part of a church service during which money offerings are collected from the congregation
- the collection itself
Origin of offertoryMiddle English offertorie from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin offertorium from LL(Ec), place for offerings from offerre, to offer
- often Offertory a. One of the principal parts of the Eucharistic liturgy at which bread and wine are offered to God by the celebrant.b. A musical setting for this part of the liturgy.
- A collection of offerings at a religious service.
Origin of offertoryMiddle English offertori from Late Latin offertōrium from Latin offerre to offer ; see offer .
- (Christianity) An anthem formerly sung as part of the Roman Catholic Mass or during the corresponding part of the Anglican Communion. [from 14th c.]
- (Christianity) The part of the Eucharist service when offerings of bread and wine are placed on the altar and when any collection is taken; also, the money or other things collected. [from 15th c.]
From Late Latin offertorium, from the participle stem of offere (“to offer").