Religion Past and Present

Get access

(1,531 words)

[German Version]

I. Liturgy – II. Music

I. Liturgy

The offertory is the point in the liturgy of the Eucharist when the offerings are received and the altar is prepared for the eucharistic liturgy (Eucharist). The offerings include bread and wine for the communion service, and typically money (Collections) for the church and the poor. This offering of money was not emphasized in the Early Church; Justin, for instance, says only that the bread and wine are brought in. Tertullian und Hippolytus tell of the people offering bread and wine and gifts…

Cite this page
Ruff, Anthony William, “Offertory”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲