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More on Collect Prayers

image If the previous post was hard for you to grasp, let me give you a couple of the prayers that John Witvliet includes in his article and then break them out according to his form:

1. A collect for purity:

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known and from you no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

  • Statement of address to God-Almighty God,
  • Description of God -to you all hearts are open, all desires known and from you no secrets are hid:
  • Petition for divine action -cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
  • Statement of result -that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name,
  • Statement of mediation -through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

2. From a fourth century mealtime prayer: (non-contemporary grammar = sic.)

Blessed are you, O Lord, who nourish me from my youth and who give food to all flesh, fill our heats with joy and gladness, that having always what is sufficient for us, we may use what is over for every good work, in Christ Jesus our Lord, through whom glory, honor and worship be to you for ever. Amen

  • Statement of address to God-Blessed are you, O Lord,
  • Description of God -who nourish me from my youth and who give food to all flesh,
  • Petition for divine action -fill our heats with joy and gladness,
  • Statement of result – that having always what is sufficient for us, we may use what is over for every good work, in Christ Jesus our Lord,
  • Statement of mediation -through whom glory, honor and worship be to you for ever. Amen
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