Invitatory In*vi"ta*to*ry, n.; pl. {Invitatories}. [LL. invitatorium: cf. F. invitatoire.] That which invites; specifically, the invitatory psalm, or a part of it used in worship. [1913 Webster]

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  • Invitatory — In*vi ta*to*ry, a. [L. invitatorius: cf. F. invitatoire.] Using or containing invitations. [1913 Webster] The Venite [Psalm xcv.], which is also called the invitatory psalm. Hook. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • invitatory — [in vīt′ə tôr΄ē] adj. [LL invitatorius] containing an invitation n. pl. invitatories a form of invitation used in worship as a call to prayer or praise; esp., Ps. 95 (94 in the Douay) …   English World dictionary

  • Invitatory — The Invitatory is the psalm Venite exsultemus , traditionally numbered 94 in the Septuagint or 95 in the Masoretic text, used to start Nocturns in the Divine Office. [CathEncy|url= Encyclopedia… …   Wikipedia

  • invitatory — I. adjective Date: 14th century containing an invitation II. noun (plural ries) Date: 14th century an invitatory psalm or antiphon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • invitatory — adjective conveying an invitation a brief invitatory note • Similar to: ↑inviting • Derivationally related forms: ↑invite …   Useful english dictionary

  • invitatory — /in vuy teuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. serving to invite; conveying an invitation. [1300 50; ME < LL invitatorius, equiv. to invita(re) to INVITE + torius TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • invitatory — 1. adjective Of or pertaining to an invitation 2. noun A psalm sung, as an invitation to prayer, at the beginning of some services …   Wiktionary

  • Invitatory —    The name given to the Venite (O come let us sing, etc.) as being an invitation to the use of the Psalms in worship. This Psalm, the 95th, has been so named and used since the time of the Temple Worship at Jerusalem …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • invitatory — psalm or anthem sung before prayer during church service Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • invitatory — in·vi·ta·to·ry …   English syllables

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