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Still Doubting

Second Sunday of Easter 2022

Still Doubting
image: John Granville Gregory’s Still Doubting

Let us pray (in silence) [that through the fifty days of Easter, the Risen Christ will touch and transform our lives]


Grant, we pray, O God, [or Almighty God]
that we, who share in the paschal celebrations,
may, through your goodness,
hold fast to them
in the way we live our lives;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

This is an ancient collect. It has been used on this particular Sunday for centuries, but, originally with its past tense (“who have celebrated“), after Vatican II and the renewal of the Easter Season to fifty days, it was moved to the last day of this season. I am suggesting something different: leave it here, on this Sunday, but (as I have above) change the tense to present continuous (I have made it “who share in”).

You can find more on this collect here: Second Sunday of Easter; or read on below.

This coming Sunday also has a number of different titles: Low Sunday, Quasimodo Sunday, Dominica in albis depositis, Pascha clausum, and most recently, Divine Mercy Sunday. Again, you can find out more about these titles at: Second Sunday of Easter.

This coming Sunday, 24 April 2022, is also Easter Day for Orthodox. If you want to learn more why Western and Eastern Easter are different dates, read: Calculating Easter.

Any comments, suggestions, resources, of course, are welcome below in the comments section.

Resources beyond this site:

Textweek resources
Resourcing Preaching Downunder
Girardian Reflection on the Lectionary

Commentary on the Collect

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.

The collect is from the eighth-century Hadrianum (a sacramentary give by Pope Hadrian I to Charlemagne in 785-786]. There it was the collect for the “Sunday after Easter” (what we would now call the Second Sunday of Easter):

Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus,
ut, qui paschalia festa peregimus,
haec, te largiente, moribus et vita teneamus

After Vatican II it was reassigned (in a revised form) as the last collect of the Easter Season (on the Saturday before The Day of Pentecost).

The original collect speaks in the past tense about the paschal celebrations. The Octave concluded them. Now, with Easter more clearly extending for 50 days, the Roman Rite has moved this collect to conclude the 50 days rather than conclude the Octave. I have done something slightly differently. I have taken the liberty of modifying the collect from past tense to the present continuous – we are early on in our paschal celebrations.

The Saint Andrew Daily Missal (1961) translates it as:

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that we who have celebrated the Paschal solemnity,
may by Your bounty remain faithful to it in the conduct of our lives.
Through our Lord…

The failed 1998 English Missal translation has it as:

Almighty God,
grant in your goodness
that the paschal feast we have celebrated may touch and transform our lives.
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.

This Sunday, the eighth day of the Easter Season is also called:

Low Sunday – the reason is uncertain, possibly in contrast to Easter Day
Quasimodo Sunday – from the Introit “Quasi modo geniti infantes, rationabile, sine dolo lac concupiscite” (“As newborn babes, desire the rational milk without guile” 1 Peter 2:2)
Dominica in albis depositis – the neophytes, those baptised at the Easter Vigil, laid aside their white baptismal robes
Pascha clausum – the close of the Easter Octave
Divine Mercy Sunday – based on devotion to the Divine Mercy promoted by Saint Faustina Kowalska. On April 30, 2000, Faustina Kowalska was canonised and this Sunday was designated as the Sunday of the Divine Mercy (Dominica II Paschae seu de divina misericordia). 

The collect above has been revised for the 2002 Missal:

Deus misericordiae sempiternae,
qui in ipso paschalis festi recursu
fidem sacratae tibi plebis accendis,
auge gratiam quam dedisti,
ut digna omnes intellegentia comprehendant,
quo lavacro abluti, quo spiritu regenerati,
quo sanguine sunt redempti.

The current RC translation for the Saturday after Ascension “at the morning Mass”:

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that we, who have celebrated the paschal festivities,
may by your gift hold fast to them
in the way we live our lives.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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