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Collect in Common

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Roman Catholics and Anglicans/Episcopalians share a common collect this coming Sunday (August 16). I am working on producing a full set of shared collects for the church year. My work so far can be found here: Book of Prayers in Common. My rendering for this coming Sunday and the week following is:

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may love God in all things and above all things]


God, [or Gracious God or Living and gracious God]
you have prepared for those who love you
good things which no eye can see,
and which surpass our understanding;
pour into our hearts such longing for 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
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The original is:

Deus, qui diligentibus Te bona invisibilia praeparasti, infussde cordibus nostris tui amoris affectum; ut Te in omnibus et super omnia diligentes, promissiones tuas, quae omne desiderium superant, consquamur. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, etc.

I provide a commentary here.

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  1. Bosco in New Zealand the (Roman) Catholic Bishops have transferred the Solemnity of the Assumption of the BVM, that occurs on August 15, to the Sunday. This is the enable a greater number to celebrate the Patronal Feast of NZ, NZ having been placed under the patronage of Maria Assumpta by Bishop Pompallier. This will mean that in NZ we will not share a common collect this Sunday. While we sometimes have a collective voice in prayer, perhaps this divergence in the calendar still represents a vocative dissonance between our traditions.

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