Saturday, December 8, 2007

The traditional Collect for II Advent... Alice C. Linsley's insight

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"I find this representative of all that is wrong with the Episcopal Church today. If you don’t remember praying this Collect, it is because the 1979 prayer book moved this extraordinary prayer to the end of the church year, the Sunday closest to November 16, which means that some years it is skipped or trumped by Christ the King Sunday. The only collect in the Prayer Book that speaks of the authority of Holy Scripture has been denied its rightful place in the Church year. The only folks who seem concerned about this are the clergy and laity of the Continuing Church who knew the Book of Common Prayer very well. They broke with ECUSA in the 1980s and continue to use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and for good reasons."

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Anonymous said...

This is one of the most beautiful collects in the BCP. I have it written inside my Bible & pray it regularly. At our parish Bible studies, we always begin with this collect.

TLF+ said...

Amen slanehill! Could there be a better prayer for Bible study?

One of my Old Testament profs started every class with it, too.

Alice C. Linsley said...

Father, Two years ago I wrote a series of essays on what is wrong with the 1979 prayer book. These are posted at Drell's Descants.