Grant, almighty God,
through the yearly observances of holy Lent,
that we may grow in understanding
of the riches hidden in Christ
and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.
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.
Collect for the first Sunday in Lent
Often in Lent we are confronted by our old failing, our persistent weaknesses, and things can seem a little stale.
The Collect of the the first Sunday of Lent may seem a little moralising in its tone: that by worthy conduct we may pursue the good. But note what that good is – the riches hidden in Christ. It is that newness that we pray to grow in understanding of, and to come more and more under the influence of. It is not a matter of being told to pull ourselves together and move on, but to allow Christ to do that. For us to cooperate, but the motive force for our Lent is to come from Christ, and from our encounter of newness in Christ…
- What new did you learn about Christ from Mass yesterday?
- From yesterday more generally?
- Or the scriptures of yesterday’s Mass more particularly?
Medieval carving. Civic museum, Beziers, France. (c) 2015, Allen Morris