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Third Sunday of Easter

Miraculous Draught of Fishes

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may rejoice in sharing in Christ’s resurrection]


O God,
in Christ’s humiliation,
you stooped down,
and raised up the fallen world in the resurrection,
grant to your faithful people a holy joy,
so that those whom you have freed
may delight in you eternally;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The above is my reworking for my Book of Prayers in Common in which I seek to provide a set of collects with history and commentary. Usually my rendering follows a more formal equivalent translation of the original. In this case I thought that a dynamic equivalent was preferable in rendering the powerful images for our contemporary context.

This is an ancient collect that has been prayed on this Sunday for centuries. It has recently been moved, but I think, in the form above, it is a strong Easter-Season collect, better than many of the ones that have been written to replace it. It expresses, in collect-form, some of the ideas embodied in the Resurrection Icon.

You can find more on this collect here: Third Sunday of Easter.


Any comments, suggestions, resources, of course, are welcome below in the comments section.

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Miraculous-draft-of-fish Image source: John Reilly

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2 Responses to Third Sunday of Easter

  1. Hi Bosco. I am wondering if you could share the source of the fantastic picture of Jesus, the disciples and the fish?
    Many thanks,

    • I’m pleased you like the image, Jennine. Whenever possible, I always credit my sources, including of my images, usually including a clickable link. I think this is appropriate internet practice. So you will find my crediting the artist, John Reilly, at the end of the post. Easter Season Blessings!

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