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Chiefly Christian Church. Of, relating to, of the nature of, or suggestive of oblation; specifically designating the person who receives the oblations presented during the celebration of the Eucharist.
The deacon or other minister who receives the oblations presented during the celebration of the Eucharist.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Orby Shipley (1832–1916), liturgical scholar and Roman Catholic convert. Partly from oblation + -ary, and partly from post-classical Latin oblationarius, adjective and noun from classical Latin oblātiōn-, oblātiō + -ārius.
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