27 April 2009
I have wondered for years if there is a displacement involved in the Collects for Easter. You see, this past Sunday we celebrated Good Shepherd (Misericordias Domini) and the collect asked that God's people, rescued from the danger of eternal death, be given "perpetual gladness and eternal joys." But this coming Sunday is Jubilate - and joy rings through the readings indeed, culminating in our Lord's words in the Gospel: "and your joy no one will take from you." And yet the collect is rather out of tune, asking that all who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ's church be given faithfulness "to avoid whatever is contrary to their confession." Anyone know the scoop on this? Was the collect (which in the Gelasian Sacramentary is attached to the first Sunday outside the Easter Octave) ever attached to Jubilate rather than Misericordias Domini?
Posted by William Weedon at 3:53 PM