Pronunciation: (ô'fur-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē, of'ur-), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/offertory.html on line 77 [key]
1. (sometimes cap.) the offering of the unconsecrated elements that is made to God by the celebrant in a Eucharistic service.
a. the verses, anthem, or music said, sung, or played while the offerings of the people are received at a religious service.
b. that part of a service at which offerings are made.
c. the offerings themselves.
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