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Collect for Purity

A prayer normally follows the Opening Acclamation called the Collect for Purity. The prayer asks God to cleanse us of those things that would keep us from glorifying God in our worship.

This prayer dates to the 11th century and is found in the prayer books of Anglicans around the world. The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, we are called Episcopalians, because we are members of The Episcopal Church and Anglicans because we are members of The Anglican Communion. We worship with people around the world in a centuries old tradition of faith. 


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.