Collect for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
God of might, giver of every good gift,
put into our hearts the love of your name,
so that, by deepening our sense of reverence,
you may nurture in us what is good
and, by your watchful care,
keep safe what you have nurtured.
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.
This simple prayer bears quiet witness to our need for God’s help.
The prayer acknowledge the power of God; and that God is the source of every good gift.
We ask God to give us love of his name; to deepen our sense of reverence; nurture in us what is good; and keep watch over what he has nurtured.
Our only task is to cooperate with what the Lord comes – but how challenging we find this. And so we pray, mindful of all the help we need.
~ Translation of the Collect: English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved..
~ Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris
~ Photograph: (c) 2019, Allen Morris. Manchester Cathedral.