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The Readings

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Roman Catholics and Anglicans share prayer

This is the Roman Catholic version of the prayer:

Father,
you show us your almighty power
in your mercy and forgiveness.
Continue to fill us with your gifts of love.
Help us to hurry towards the eternal life
you promise and come to share in the joys
of your kingdom.

This is the Episcopalian version of the prayer:

O God,
you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
Grant us the fullness of your grace,
that we, running to obtain your promises,
may become partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Both are translations of

Deus,
qui omnipotentiam tuam
parcendo maxime et miserando manifestas,
multiplica super nos gratiam tuam,
ut, ad tua promissa currentes,
caelestium bonorum facias esse consortes.

There is more about this prayer’s history and a reflection on it if you click on the collect reflection for this week.

Let us widen the circle that prays this prayer together this coming weekend and week.

Some Anglicans, in contrast, will use this prayer (commentary here) or this prayer (commentary here).

A creation reading of the lectionary

Jeremiah highlights the attitude that land is ours – that it can be bought and sold and be our private property. In the psalm images from God are drawn from nature: pinions, wings. Amos questions the growth of wealth. Psalm 146 speaks of our breath and our relationship with the earth – our connection with the God who makes all things. 1 Timothy also questions our avarice, as does Luke’s gospel reading.

Drawn from Creation Season where you will find further resources.

Please add your own ideas, resources, hymns, prayers, etc.

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