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Meaning of offertory

of•fer•to•ry

Pronunciation: (ô'fur-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē, of'ur-), [key]
— pl. -ries.
  1. (sometimes cap.) the offering of the unconsecrated elements that is made to God by the celebrant in a Eucharistic service.
    1. the verses, anthem, or music said, sung, or played while the offerings of the people are received at a religious service.
    2. that part of a service at which offerings are made.
    3. the offerings themselves.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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