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Resources Sunday 2 June 2024 – Ordinary 9

Let us pray (in silence) [that we hold fast to the conviction that God’s purpose cannot be defeated]


O God,
your providence is unfailing,
remove from our path, we humbly pray, whatever is harmful
and grant us those things that work for our good;
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The above is my reworking for my Book of Prayers in Common in which I seek to provide a set of collects with history and commentary. You can read my reflection on this collect at Ordinary 9 or following below.

In the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia many places this Sunday commemorate Te Pouhere celebrating our life as a three Tikanga Church (and our Constitution as a Church). There are some readings suggested for this, but they are not formularies (agreed doctrine and practice) of our Church as the Revised Common (Three-Year) Lectionary is. Trinity Sunday (last Sunday) is unusual in celebrating a doctrine – on Sundays Christians celebrate events of the living God who acts. So, celebrating a church constitution is even more unusual than celebrating the Trinity! In any case, one could use the agreed, shared readings and preach, teach, sing, and pray about the Three Tikanga (cultural strands) Church (even finding connections in the prayers, readings, and psalm). Certainly, in this time in our national life (really at all times), we need to highlight the Christian connections and understandings of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi).

Some communities will transfer Sollemnitas Corpus et Sanguinis Christi (“Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ”) from Thursday to Sunday.

Some useful resources beyond this site:
Resourcing Preaching Down Under
Te Pouhere resources

Reflection on the Collect

From the Gelasian sacramentary, the first prayer of the third of sixteen Sunday Masses (#1186); then in the supplement to the Gregorian sacramentary, collect (#1150) of the eighth Sunday after (the) Pentecost (octave) which is the position (Trinity 8) it occupied in the Sarum missal, the Books of Common Prayer (1459-1928) and the Roman Missal (up to and including 1962):

Deus, cuius providentia in sui dispositione non fallitur,
te supplices exoramus,
ut noxia cuncta submoveas,
et omnia nobis profutura concedas.

The Latin, literally, would translate as: “God, whose providence in ordering that which is his own, is not deceived (mistaken).” Cranmer’s translation shortened the clause.

Cranmer 1549:

GOD, whose providence is never deceived, we humbly beseche thee that thou wilt put away from us al hurtfull thinges, and geve [us]* those thinges whiche be profitable for us; through Jesus Christe our Lorde.

*[us] added in 1559

This lost the idea of God’s control over events. So Bishop Cosin in 1661 revised the prayer.

BCP 1662: 

O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth
all things both in heaven and
earth; We humbly beseech thee to put away
from us all hurtful things, and to give us those
things which be profitable for us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

After Vatican II, the collect was moved to Ordinary Sunday 9 (and TEC’s Proper 4)

ICEL 1973

your love never fails.
Hear our call.
Keep us from danger
and provide for all our needs.

In the failed 1998 English Missal translation:

O God,
you order the course of our lives
with unfailing providence.
Remove from our path whatever is harmful
and grant us those things that work to our good.
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.

ICEL 2011

O God, whose providence never fails in its design,
keep from us, we humbly beseech you,
all that might harm us
and grant all that works for our good.


O God, your never failing providence sets in order all things
both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you,
all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable
for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Mark in Slow Motion

I have been working on a series of reading Mark (this year’s primary Sunday Gospel) in slow motion:
Mark in Slow Motion 1
Mark in Slow Motion 2
Mark in Slow Motion 3
Mark in Slow Motion 4
Mark in Slow Motion 5
Mark in Slow Motion 6
Mark in Slow Motion 7
Mark in Slow Motion 8
Mark in Slow Motion 9
Mark in Slow Motion 10
Mark in Slow Motion 11
Mark in Slow Motion 12
Mark in Slow Motion 13
Mark in Slow Motion 14
Mark in Slow Motion 15
Mark in Slow Motion 16
Mark in Slow Motion 17
Mark in Slow Motion 18
Mark in Slow Motion 19

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