O God, who manifest your almighty power
above all by pardoning and showing mercy,
bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us
and make those hastening to attain your promises
heirs to the treasures of heaven.
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.
The Collect for Mass yesterday , the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, asked the Lord’s blessing on those who are hastening to attain his promises.
Today, let us pause also to pray for those who are far from hastening – be that their fault or not…
Detail from War Memorial, Port Sunlight, Liverpool. (c) 2007, Allen Morris.