The Presentation in the Templ

• collect/opening prayer reflection 1st Sunday after Christmas [Common Worship CofE]

BCP TEC:

Almighty God,
you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word:
Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

“The collect has as its source the Sarum collect for a Mass celebrated on Christmas Day. Its ultimate source is the dawn stational Mass at St. Anastasia’s found in the Gregorian Sacramentary (no. 42). It entered the Prayer Book in 1928 as the collect of the second Sunday after Christmas Day.” [Commentary on the American Prayer Book – Marion J. Hatchett]

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