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“By the Mystery of Our Savior’s Fasting and Temptation”: The Collect for Invocavit Sunday

I missed last week (sorry!) but here is the Collect for this week (Invocavit Sunday) from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States, to accompany the Gospel reading from Matthew 6.1-11 and 2 Corinthians 6.1-10. Invocavit Sunday THE COLLECT WE beseech Thee, O Lord, by the mystery of our Savior’s fasting […]

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“Look Mercifully on Our Low Estate”: The Collect for Sexagesima Sunday

I’m not really much of a Lent Respecter, myself, but the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States makes provision for its observance and the prayers continue to be good, so I continue to share them. (“Sexagesima” is the traditional title for the Second Sunday before Lent.) Two collects are included […]

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“Keep Thy Church in Thy True Religion”: The Collect for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Really late with this this week; but here is the Collect for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany THE COLLECT O LORD, we beseech Thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that […]

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“Look Mercifully upon Our Great Weakness”: The Collect for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

I’m a little late getting to this this week, but here is the Collect for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. It is short, as collects are; but it is eloquent, and powerful. The Third Sunday after the Epiphany THE COLLECT ALMIGHTY and […]

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“With All Lowliness and Meekness”: The Collect for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Here is the Collect for this week from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. The prayer draws together (in the following order) several texts from the New Testament Epistles: 1 Peter 2.9; 2 Corinthians 4.4; Ephesians 4.3; Ephesians 4.1-2; and Romans 6.22. The Second Sunday after the Epiphany THE COLLECT […]

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“The Aids of Thy Plenteous Grace”: The Collect for the First Sunday after the Epiphany

Another Sunday, another Collect. Here is the prayer for the First Sunday after the Epiphany from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. The prayer asks for grace so that we can know our duties and perform them. It is quite similar to today’s Collect from The Book of Common Prayer, […]

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“Bathed in the Light of the Incarnate Word”: The Collect for the Second Sunday after Christmas

I’m a couple of days late with this, but here is the Collect for the Second Sunday after Christmas from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. It turns on the same general theme as the Collect for this Sunday in The Book of Common Prayer, but is slightly longer […]

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“Circumcised in His Spotless Flesh”: The Collect for the Circumcision of Christ

New Year’s Day traditionally coincides with the commemoration of the circumcision of the infant Christ, in whom “dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,” on his eighth day, as recorded by Luke. Below is the Collect for that occasion from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. (One of […]

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“Rooted in the Mystery of the Word Made Flesh”: The Collect for the First Sunday after Christmas

The Collect for the First Sunday after Christmas from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States is below. Whereas The Book of Common Prayer repeats the Collect from Christmas Day, the Order gives a different prayer that takes its beginning from John 3.16. The prayer then goes on to draw on Ephesians 2.8 (“the […]

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“Out of the Mouth of Babes”: The Collect for the Holy Innocents

December 28 marks the commemoration of Herod’s slaughter of the Holy Innocents. Particularly in light of circumstances here and around the world, it would perhaps be prudent for all Christian churches to observe the Festival of the Holy Innocents as a matter of public testimony. (One of the best and most piercing imaginative meditations on […]