Let us pray (in silence) [that we may follow the Good Shepherd]
you shine the light of your truth for those who stray into error,
so that they may be able to return to the right path,
grant that all who profess the Christian faith
may reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ
and eagerly follow the way that leads to you;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
The above prayer is used by Roman Catholics (on this coming Sunday), and is in the Sarum Missal, and is used in the Church of England; and in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia – but on other Sundays.
Please add any comments and suggestions below – including improvements to my translation (above). This collect is intended to be part of Book of Prayers in Common. I am considering that it could be in that book for both Easter 4 and Ordinary Sunday 15, and would be interested in any argument against using a good collect twice in a year.
Click on this link to find my history, commentary, and reflection on this collect: Ordinary 15.
Do add any other ideas and resources, etc, in the comments section following.
- Resources for 15th Ordinary Sunday
- Resources for 10th Ordinary Sunday
- Resources for Week beginning 28 July
- Resources for 14th Ordinary Sunday
- Resources for Easter Seven