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2014-15 Almanac

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  • Rod Gillis says:

    Speak­ing of the com­ing litur­gic­al year, below are the R.C. col­lect for Christ the King and the Anglic­an col­lect for Reign of Christ. I think the R.C. col­lect is prefer­able, hands down. 

    Roman Cath­ol­ic Collect
    Almighty and mer­ci­ful God,
    you break the power of evil and make all things new
    in your Son Jesus Christ, the King of the universe.
    May all in heav­en and earth
    acclaim your glory and nev­er cease to praise you.
    We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, for ever and ever.

    Anglic­an collect

    Almighty and ever­last­ing God,
    whose will it is to restore all things
    in your well-beloved Son, our Lord and King,
    grant that the peoples of the earth,
    now divided and enslaved by sin,
    may be freed and brought together
    under his gentle and lov­ing rule;
    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and for ever.

  • Inter­est­ing note, Rod. That may be the col­lect used for this Sunday in the (Amer­ic­an) Epis­copal Church and the Cana­dian BAS, but it isn’t the one used in Eng­land or some oth­er provinces.

    The Church of Eng­land, along with its sis­ter Churches in these islands provides the fol­low­ing Collect:

    Etern­al Father,
    whose Son Jesus Christ ascen­ded to the throne of heaven
    that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
    keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
    and in the bond of peace,
    and bring the whole cre­ated order to wor­ship at his feet;
    who is alive and reigns with you,
    in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and for ever.

  • Rod Gillis says:

    My com­par­is­on is based on the Cana­dian (BAS) col­lect. The Amer­ic­an col­lect is only slightly dif­fer­ent, not really any bet­ter. The col­lect you pos­ted from the U.K. com­pares quite favor­ably to the R.C. one. I’ve always thought the Cana­dian col­lect to be some­what sappy, and not a great fit with the Gos­pel read­ing from Mat­thew ( sheep and goats) when it rolls around. One of the few things from the old BCP I have missed is the “Stir Up Sunday” col­lect end­ing the church year. Always thought a mod­est revi­sion of the same could have fit in quite well with Reign of Christ (the King). The BAS Advent I Pray­er Over the Gifts, uses the word­ing “God of love and power your word stirs with­in us the expect­a­tion of the com­ing of your Son.” But again, the word­ing is not as grip­ping as the old col­lect which may have inspired it.

    Epis­copal Collect
    Almighty and ever­last­ing God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well¯beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mer­ci­fully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought togeth­er under his most gra­cious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spir­it, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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