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Offering Bag
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I. Liturgy – II. Art History

I. Liturgy

The offering bag is used during worship to collect alms for the charitable outreach of the church. Its use is based on the Early Church practice of alms or oblations (Mass) offered by members of the congregation during the offertory (Collections: II). In the churches of the Reformation, deacons were chosen to collect alms in the offering bag after the sermon; the bags were kept in the “common chest” and later distributed by the deacons to the poor of t…

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Sporbeck, Gudrun, “Offering Bag”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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