An oblation is a donation or offering to a religious institution. When you offer an oblation at church, you are symbolically presenting it to God.

While the financial donations made by members of a church, temple, or mosque can be thought of as oblations, the word is often used in the context of Catholicism and a few other Christian denominations to mean "gift to God." During the Eucharist ritual in these churches, bread and wine are symbolically offered to God as an oblation. The Latin root of oblation is oblationem, "an offering, presenting, or gift."

Definitions of oblation
  1. noun
    the act of contributing to the funds of a church or charity
    oblations for aid to the poor”
    synonyms: offering
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    type of:
    gift, giving
    the act of giving
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