06 March 2010

What We Ask For

during Lent. Just looking at the actual request part of the collects, we find:

"Create in us new and contrite hearts that lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness we may receive from You full pardon and forgiveness" (Ash Wednesday)

"Guide the people of Your Church that following our Savior we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come" (Lent I)

"By Your might power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul" (Lent II)

"Be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word" (Lent III)

"Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience" (Lent IV)

"Mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved evermore in body and soul" (Lent V)

"Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection." (Lent VI)

What a season of bold requests to present at the throne of grace!


Rev. Paul Beisel said...

I like this focus on the collects. Thanks for posting!

William Weedon said...

You're welcome, Pr. Beisel. Hope things are going well for you in your new parish!