O God, who teach us that you abide
in hearts that are just and true,
grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace
as to become a dwelling pleasing to you.
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 Sunday of the 6th week in Ordinary Time
The Collect of Sunday of this week serves well as a focus for the meaning and work of the season of Lent which begins today, Ash Wednesday.
We look for purification and freedom, and we look for a new closeness with God, abiding in him and he abiding in us.
Slave by Michelangelo. Louvre, Paris. (c) 2017, Allen Morris