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Sunday, October 21, 2007

oblation

\uh-BLAY-shuhn; oh-\ , noun;
1.
The act of offering something, such as worship or thanks, especially to a deity.
2.
(Usually capitalized) The act of offering the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
3.
Something offered in a religious rite or as a charitable gift.
Quotes:
There is another kind of spiritual courage as well, quieter and less celebrated, but just as remarkable: that of making each day, in its most conventional aspects -- cooking, eating, breathing -- an oblation to the absolute.
-- Philip Zaleski, "A Buddhist From Dublin", New York Times, July 24, 1994
These aren't flowers randomly snatched from the garden; these are florist's flowers, purchased as an offering, an oblation.
-- Carol Shields, Dressing Up for the Carnival
And that day we also celebrate the memory of his goodness in sending a star to guide the three wise men from the east to Bethlehem, that they might there worship, and present him with their oblation of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
-- Izaak Walton, The lives of John Donne and George Herbert
Origin:
Oblation derives from Latin oblatio, from oblatus, past participle of offerre, "to carry to, to bring to, to offer," from ob-, "to" + ferre, "to bring."
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