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Jesus Sermon Mafa

Ordinary 7 2022

Jesus Sermon Mafa

Let us pray (in silence) [that through our wisdom and love God is revealed]


Almighty God,
grant that we, meditating always on what is right and true,
may please you in word and deed;
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Commentary below (or Commentary on Ordinary 7 Opening Prayer).

In the pre-Vatican II counting, this coming Sunday is Sexagesima.

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Commentary on the Collect

The original was

Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus, ut, semper rationabilia meditantes, quae tibi sunt placita, et dictis exsequamur et factis.

This was a daily prayer in the Hadrianum (8th Century). In the Gelasian Sacramentary it was used in time of strife. From the eighth century until the Roman Missal of 1962 it moved between the fifth and sixth Sunday after Epiphany. It has been used as the collect in the Gathering rite, as a prayer after Communion, and as a prayer over the people at the end of the Eucharist. I cannot locate it in the Sarum Rite, and nor can I find it in any Anglican revision. It is the current collect for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time in the Roman Rite. 

What we pursue is also our motivation for pursuing those things that are pleasing to God. These are the focus of our meditation.

ICEL translation (1973):

keep before us the wisdom and love
you have revealed in your Son.
Help us to be like him
in word and deed.

In the failed 1998 English Missal translation:

Almighty God,
fix our hearts on what is right and true,
that we may please you always
by observing your will in both word and deed.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

Current ICEL translation (2011):

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, always pondering spiritual things,
we may carry out in both word and deed
that which is pleasing to you.

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