Taste and See: Remember the Collect?

Fragment of altar screen, Assisi

Yesterday’s blog considered the Prayer after Communion on Sunday last, the 27th of Ordinary Time. Today’s returns to the Collect.

Almighty ever-living God,
who in the abundance of your kindness
surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you,
pour out your mercy upon us
to pardon what conscience dreads
and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The language may be a little florid, but the meaning is hopefully clear. And its spelling out of what intercession is about is helpful.

  • We pray for God’s mercy – whatever particular form we might ask for it to come to us in, we pray for God’s mercy.
  • When we ask for so much, unless we are entirely self-obsessed, we know how little we deserve what we ask for.
  • And yet whatever the particular things we ask for – if our hearts are right we hope for something that can barely be put into words, for how can we yet know what it  really means – God’s Kingdom to come on earth, and at the end of life here for us to come to heaven.

Almighty ever-living God,
who in the abundance of your kindness
surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you,
pour out your mercy upon us
to pardon what conscience dreads
and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

  • Sit for a while with yur feelings of neediness and your longings, with a healthy sense of unworthiness, and turn again to the Lord. Bring your thoughts and feelings to the Lord, and pray again the Collect.

Photograph of fragment of sanctuary screen, Assisi. (c) 2014, Allen Morris. 

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