Share this entry

Share this page

offertory

Line breaks: of¦fer|tory
Pronunciation: /ˈɒfət(ə)ri
 
/

Definition of offertory in English:

noun (plural offertories)

Christian Church
1The offering of the bread and wine at the Eucharist: they donated the money to a collection which was brought up at the offertory
1.1An anthem accompanying the offertory.
Example sentences
  • Imagine you are practicing a piece for a forthcoming concert, for a church offertory, or to accompany a trumpet player down the street.
  • Preludes, offertories, anthems, postludes - these and their like are not essential to worship.
  • Since most of these arrangements are written in the keys of C, D, G, F and B-flat, young pianists can be shown how to combine several pieces to create longer music needed for preludes, offertories and communion.
2An offering or collection of money made at a religious service.
Example sentences
  • At the cathedral teachers were secured for the boy's school through seat rents supplemented by church offertories and school fees.
  • First, we have our ‘assessment’ which is based on offertory - something like 10%.
  • When the church was consecrated in 1853 the offertory amounted to £54.

Origin

late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin offertorium 'offering', from late Latin offert- (which replaced Latin oblat-) 'offered', from the verb offerre (see offer).

Definition of offertory in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: prɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt
adjective
greater than others in power or influence