from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A basin or dish of metal used to receive the alms-bags to be laid upon the altar.
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Robert contributed a five-dollar bill to the offertory, he first rolled it up into a tiny, unrecognizable wad before dropping it into the alms-basin.
Here also the _alms-basin_ is placed before the Offertory, and the _cruets_ containing the wine and the water for the ablutions at the close of the service.