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“Shine Graciously upon Thy Church”: The Collect for John the Apostle

The second day after Christmas has traditionally provided an occasion for Western Christians for reflecting on the Apostle John. Below is the Collect included for that purpose in the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. The editors comment that December 27 is used for this purpose “because [John] was the bosom […]

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“Look Steadfastly Up into Heaven”: The Collect for the Protomartyr

It is not, of course, problematic from a Protestant point of view to remember with gratitude the example of holy men and martyrs. Indeed, it is meet and right so to do. After all, Hebrews 11 does the same. To that end, here is the Collect for December 26, the day that in the West […]

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“Whereby Thou Hast Become the True Seed of Abraham”: The Collect and Festival Prayer for Christmas Day

Here are the prayers for Christmas Day from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. The Collect is the same as that found in The Book of Common Prayer, which connects Christ’s being born of the Virgin to our being born again or regenerated such that we, too, may become children of God. […]

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“Arise, O Lord”: The Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

Below is the Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Advent from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. Once again it differs from that found in The Book of Common Prayer: O Lord, raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and come among us, and with great might succor us; that whereas, through our […]

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“Oil in My Lamp”: A Reformed Guide to Private Devotion (6)

At long last, the last section of the  “Guide to Private Devotion” in A Liturgy, or, Order of Christian Worship. The texts and prayers focus on (a) praising God in the watches of the night and (b) preparing for death. The final prayer contains an allusion to the Te Deum. It would be nice to […]

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“Visit the Darkness of Our Mind”: The Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent

Here is the Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. Once again, the prayer is different from the one for the same week in The Book of Common Prayer, which reads: O Lord Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger […]

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“Cleanse Our Conscience”: The Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent

Below is the Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. I mentioned last week that the Collects in this volume are not simply reproductions of the Book of Common Prayer. Thus the prayer for this week is quite different. This week’s Collect in the […]

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“Sing Unto the Lord a New Song”: The Canticle and Festival Prayer for Advent

The predecessor of the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States, the Liturgy, or, Order of Christian Worship (1858), which I have discussed previously (e.g. here), includes a section of “Prayers for the Festival Seasons,” the material of which is (at least, mostly) included in the later Order but distributed in […]

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“Put Upon Us the Armor of Light”: The Collect for the First Sunday in Advent

Last week I posted the Collect for the Sunday before Advent from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. Now the cycle starts over, and included below is the Collect for the First Sunday in Advent.  The reader familiar with the Book of Common Prayer will immediately recognize this as […]

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“Sow Spiritually to Life Everlasting”: A Thanksgiving Prayer

Since I’ve been posting selections from the Mercersburg liturgies, and since it’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., I thought I’d post a prayer of thanksgiving from the 1866 Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. THANKSGIVING FOR HARVEST ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we yield Thee hearty thanks for all thy […]