Works of Mercy

This coming Sunday (11 October), Roman Catholics and Anglicans/Episcopalians again share a common collect. 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 know God’s love and grace before, in, and after anything we do]

Pause

Lord, [or Lifegiving God]
we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us,
that we may continually be given to good works;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

The original is:

Tua nos, Domine, quaesumus,
gratia semper et praeveniat et sequatur,
ac bonis operibus jugitur praestet esse intentos…

I provide a commentary here.

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image source: Frans II Francken: The Seven Works of Mercy, 1605, German Historical Museum Berlin

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