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Collect of the Day

This prayer concludes the opening part of the service called the Entrance Liturgy or Rite. Entrance Rite gathers us together, or unites us, in and for our worship of the living God.  All of the collects of the day are in the Book of Common Prayer.  The collect for that Sunday is on the bulletin insert.

The prayer is called a collect because in the 5th Century it was said to collect the people together before the service. This prayer now concludes the Entrance Rite, whose purpose again is to gather us together in heart, mind, and body for the worship of God.

There is a different collect for each Sunday and major celebration in the church year. These prayers recall the great events of our faith such as Jesus’ resurrection from the dead on Easter day and the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, a word from Greek that means fifty, because this took place fifty days after Easter.  They draw us deeper into our relationship with God the Father, who we see in and through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Collect for Easter

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for Pentecost

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.