Taste and See: Help us to pray, help us to live

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Notice the meaning (or at least some of the meanings) present in the Collect prayer from yesterday’s Mass.

Grant, almighty God,

We come before God needful…

that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy,

…even our (own) prayer is in some sense the work of God in us. The Catholic instinct, of course, is that we pray the Liturgy by joining with Christ and the Church in heaven, as well as here on earth and our own particular gathering

which we keep in honour of the risen Lord,

We are still in Easter, and the wonder of the Resurrection our inspiration…

and that what we relive in remembrance

Jesus asked us to ‘do this in memory of me’, so we specifically remember the gift of Eucharist, but all we do in the Mass is about remembering the saving love, and the saving actions, of God. But our remembering is not just a mental activity – we re-live in our remembering…

we may always hold to in what we do.

…so that through the sacred remembering, enabled by God, we may learn to live.

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.

Our Christian prayer is offered in and through Christ, to the Father, with (in) the Holy Spirit. Our present prayer somehow anticipates our hoped-for and sometimes longed-for final sharing in the life of God, the Three-in-One.

So much in one short prayer. Often on a Sunday there is little opportunity to give full attention to the Collect. Returning to the Sunday Collect in our private daily prayer can be a fruitful spiritual practice.

Image: restored fresco showing a Christian at prayer from early Christian Chapel in Lullingstone Villa, Kent. Fresco in British Museum. Photograph (c) Allen Morris