a600From last Sunday and during this week Catholics and Anglicans (Episcopalians) are praying the same collect/opening prayer. That happens again this coming Sunday and week, and the next, and then again a fortnight later! The Anglican version of the prayer is:

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 upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid,
and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask,
except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior;
who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Roman Catholic version of the same prayer is:

Father,
your love for us surpasses all our hopes and desires.
Forgive our failings,
keep us in your peace
and lead us in the way of salvation.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Further comment on this prayer can be found by clicking here.

Let us widen the circle that prays this prayer together this coming weekend and week.

Click here to see the collect some others are using.

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