Palm Sunday: A Collect Reflection

The Collect for Palm Sunday Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon himself our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also [...]

A Case of the Easter Mondays

Today is Easter Monday! Yes, Easter is a 50 day season and today is the first weekday of that season. Each day of the week during the week after Easter is marked out for special emphasis. Here's the Collect for Easter Monday: Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with reverence the Paschal feast may be made worthy [...]

By |2019-04-21T16:47:22-05:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |2 Comments

The Great Fifty Days of Easter: A Rookie Anglican Guide to Eastertide

Easter Sunday is only the beginning! A great fifty-day feast (known as "Eastertide," "Easter Season," or "Easter Time," as well as "Paschaltide," "Paschal Season," or "Paschal Time") kicks off on Easter Day. In the Church Year, this is quite literally fifty days of feasting. Easter is the high point of the Church Year. So it makes sense that we would [...]

Easter Sunday: A Collect Reflection

There are actually two Collects for Easter Sunday First, Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who [...]

By |2019-06-27T10:50:44-05:00April 21st, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil: Gerald R. McDermott’s Collect Reflections

Holy Saturday O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Holy Saturday is one of [...]

Good Friday: A Collect Reflection

Good Friday Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Asking God Every collect makes [...]

By |2019-06-27T10:51:05-05:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Maundy Thursday: A Collect Reflection

Maundy Thursday Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one [...]

By |2019-06-27T10:51:17-05:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Holy Week: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Starting on Palm Sunday, we embark on what's known as "Holy Week." As I put it in my overview of the Church calendar and the Christian liturgical year, The last week of Lent, Holy Week, remembers the last week of Christ’s earthly life, beginning with Palm Sunday’s commemoration of Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt 21:1-11). So, put simply, Holy [...]

The War on Advent

You have heard of the supposed War on Christmas. But the real war is not about whether retailers use the word Christmas during December or not. In fact, it is not even the Christmas season until Christmas day anyway. The real war is happening in many American churches. It's not a war on Christmas, its a war on Advent, and [...]

By |2020-01-14T10:22:00-06:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |23 Comments

Week of the Sunday from July 31 to August 6: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from July 31 to August 6 Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your grace that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:34:59-06:00August 4th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from July 24 to July 30: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from July 24 to July 30 Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:02-06:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |4 Comments

Week of the Sunday from July 17 to July 23: A Collect Reflection

Sorry for the late Collect Reflection this week! My daughter, Eva Joy Steele, was born on Friday after quite a lengthy labor and delivery process. Here's what I was able to put together! Week of the Sunday from July 17 to July 23 O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:03-06:00July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |4 Comments

Want to Learn More about Anglican Collects? Check out These Resources

Blog Posts about the Collects Here at Anglican Pastor, we've got an ongoing series of reflections on the weekly Collects of the Christian Year. It's called "Collect Reflections," and you can read those posts here. If you'd like to dive even deeper into the rich content and history of the Anglican Collects, then I suggest you start with my introductory [...]

Week of the Sunday from July 10 to July 16: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from July 10 to July 16 Let your merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of your humble servants; and, that we may receive what we ask, teach us by your Holy Spirit to ask only those things that are pleasing to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the same [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:07-06:00July 13th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from July 3 to July 9: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from July 3 to July 9 Grant us, O Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who can do no good thing apart from you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:09-06:00July 8th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from June 12 to June 18: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from June 12 to June 18 O Lord, from whom all good proceeds: Grant us the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may always think those things that are good, and by your merciful guidance may accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, [...]

By |2019-08-20T16:56:16-05:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

Week of the Sunday from June 5 to June 11: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from June 5 to June 11 Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered in your providence, that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and [...]

By |2019-08-20T16:56:43-05:00June 9th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

Week of the Sunday from May 29 to June 4: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from May 29 to June 4 O God, the protector of all those who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy, that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; grant this, [...]

By |2019-08-20T16:56:47-05:00June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Trinity Sunday: A Collect Reflection

The Collect for Trinity Sunday Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you [...]

By |2019-03-08T15:40:26-06:00May 26th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Pentecost: A Collect Reflection

Pentecost Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in [...]

By |2019-04-21T17:11:43-05:00May 19th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Yanny vs. Laurel and Tongues of Fire

Lots of amazing things happened on the Day of Pentecost, recorded in Acts 2. Earth was overcome with Wind and Fire. Chaos ensued. Rushing. Falling. Power. Roaring. Speaking. Hearing. Wind. Fire. Pow!  What a day.  The promised Gift of the Holy Spirit did not come gently to soothe. He is NOT that kind of comforter.  He came powerfully to shake! [...]

The Sunday after the Ascension: A Collect Reflection

The Sunday after the Ascension O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you [...]

By |2019-08-20T16:56:52-05:00May 12th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogation): A Collect Reflection

The Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogation Sunday) O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who [...]

By |2019-08-20T16:57:03-05:00May 6th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Fifth Sunday of Easter: A Collect Reflection

The Fifth Sunday of Easter Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord; who lives and reigns with [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:38-06:00April 28th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |1 Comment
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