Last Sunday Episcopalians (Anglicans) and Roman Catholics prayed the same collect (opening prayer). It happens again this Sunday (October 12)! This is now the third time I have noted this. I have informed an expert on collects in Rome and he is delighted with my discovery – we are still trying to uncover the explanation of this wonderful synchronicity.
This Sunday Roman Catholics pray:
our help and guide,
make your love the foundation of our lives.
May our love for you express itself
in our eagerness to do good for others.
This Sunday Episcopalians (Anglicans) pray:
Lord, we pray
that your grace may always precede and follow us,
that we may continually be given to good works;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Both are in fact different translations of
Tua nos, Domine, quaesumus, gratia semper et praeveniat et sequatur, ac bonis operibus jugitur praestet esse intentos.
Each week on this site I provide a commentary and reflection on the collect/opening prayer. You will find the commentary and reflection on this prayer here.
Let us widen the circle that prays this prayer together from Saturday evening through Sunday and this coming week.