What’s a “collect” and why are collects a part of the 2014 Lenten Readings?
A collect is a single-sentence prayer. You’ll see that these short collects are beautiful, memorable & have a certain form to them that teaches us quite a bit about how to pray:
- They key off of the Scripture
- They count on the mediation of Christ in worship (through Jesus Christ our Lord)
- They are Trinitarian (who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever)
- They call out particular aspects of Who God is
- They boldly ask the Lord to bless His people in specific ways
- They always conclude with a corporate “Amen” (so be it)
This year’s Lenten Readings prayers are drawn from the collects of the Book of Common Prayer first published in 1549. Collected, curated, translated & corrected under English reformer Thomas Cranmer, the BCP is a treasure trove of liturgical elements derived from the old Latin liturgies.
These have been a help to me. I hope they’ll be a help to you.