Day 15 – Strength Training

Morning Prayer continues with the “Collects”.

Three Collects are said. The pastor or leader reads the Collect of the day which changes every week. The Collect for Peace and the Collect for Grace stay the same and are said by all those gathered

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The Second Collect, for Peace

O God, the author of peace and the lover of harmony, whom to know is eternal life and to serve is perfect freedom: defend us Your humble servants against all assaults of our enemies, that trusting in Your defense, we may not fear the power of any adversary; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The Third Collect, for Grace

O Lord our heavenly Father, Almighty and Eternal God, we praise You for bringing us safely to the beginning of this day: defend us with Your mighty power, and grant that we fall into no sin, nor run into any kind of danger, but govern and guide us at all times, so that we may do what is right in Your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

In our Morning Prayer we include three collects. The Collect of the Day, which changes from Sunday to Sunday reflecting the readings and the liturgical season, the Second Collect, for Peace, and the Third Collect, for Grace.

Each collect follows a general pattern of organization, which includes an opening address to God the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit, a petition or request with a short description of the hopeful result, and a conclusion that includes a pleading and an amen. Collects are written as a single sentence, which often requires some creative punctuating.

The Collect for Purity is among the best known of the collects:

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You, and worthily magnify Your holy name; through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

This is how it is organized into three major sections:

Part 1: Opening Address

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden;

Part 2: Petition

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, (request)
that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, (hopeful result)

Part 3: Conclusion

through Christ our Lord (pleading)
Amen.

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