Cathedral News July 25, 2017


Collect for the Third Sunday After Pentecost

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen

As we gather for the Eucharist the celebrant says two collects: the Collect for Purity is said most every Sunday (“Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known and from you no secrets are hid…”); then after the Gloria comes the Collect of the Day, which changes each Sunday.

Collects (KOL-ekt) are brief theological snippets usually coordinated to the lectionary readings, and there are special collects for Holy Days, Feast Days and various other occasions.  They can be found toward the beginning of the Prayer Book right after the Great Litany.  Their purpose is to focus all the people’s prayers into one expression as we begin the liturgy.  We often gloss over the collects or simply say them out of habit; which is unfortunate, because they are one of the liturgical gems of our Anglican tradition.

Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, generally credited with compiling the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549, wrote or translated from Latin many of the collects we still use today, some of which go back to the fifth century.

Collects have a specific form: an address to God, followed by an acknowledgement of a characteristic of God upon which the prayer is based (e.g. Merciful, Gracious, Holy, etc.); next there is a specific petition request and an “aspiration,” or the result that we hope will come from God granting our petition; finally, the prayer ends with a “pleading” or doxology (“through Jesus Christ our Lord…”).  The celebrant may keep a moment of silence before the prayer to “collect” the intentions of those present and thus be able to pray on their behalf.

One of the unique features of collects is their beautiful language, which invites us into a prayerful demeanor, lifting our thoughts to God and preparing us for the time that we will all pray together.

Evening Prayer is part of my daily discipline and one of my favorites is the Collect for Peace.

“Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior.  Amen.”

I invite you to use the Collects in your personal prayer life and especially to read the Collect of the Day as an integral part of your preparation for the Eucharist.


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