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Is "whosoever" used correctly in the following sentence? Is this sentence correct as a whole?

Whosoever monk or priest sees this, may s/he take it, I've offered.

The context is: A man, in order to offer some money to the priest, goes to the temple but he sees no one there. So he puts the money there and utters the sentence mentioned above.

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    Did you try to look up whosoever in the dictionary? – user140086 Dec 15 '15 at 4:28
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Puctuation is a wonderful thing when used correctly.

Whosoever, monk or priest, sees this, may they take it. I have offered.

I've added parenthetical commas. They mean the same as this:

Whosoever (monk or priest) sees this, may they take it. I have offered.

Parenthetical commas whisper little interruptions that should leave behind a grammatically correct and meaningful sentence if completely removed.

's/he' means the same as the singular 'they' but 's/he' is far more difficult to pronounce. Odd to see in a quote.

"I have offered" sounds odd since it's typically a preposition but might simply be way to announce the offering. If we don't take it as a preposition, it's a full blown sentence on it's own.

"I've offered" is informal and seems out of place next to the rest of this formal speech.

With these changes "Whosoever" is perfectly correct.

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"Whosoever" is identical in meaning and function as "whoever." It doesn't make sense to say:

Whoever monk or priest...

I would use different diction.

As for the sentence as a whole, you have a comma splice concerning the last clause. There should be a semi-colon after "it" instead of a comma.

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