26 June 2007

A Selection of Personal Collects 1

These are some of my personal exercises in liturgy. If you didn’t notice already, I like to frequently practise to better and refine my craft. These are raw and unedited, and come from recent experiences.

When in despair

O God our refuge, who reveals himself in our uncertainties: give us grace to faithfully recognize your mercy when pressed, to see your care when bewildered, and to feel your love when broken; that acknowledging your goodness, we may testify to our everlasting hope; through Jesus Christ our Saviour; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

For a deceased loved one (especially suitable at a Eucharist)

Risen Saviour, who calls us by name into your presence: we earnestly pray you to heal the wounds of sin that N. accrued in her mortal life, and bind her soul to yourself; that rising with you in glory, she may worthily partake of your wedding banquet, and may enjoy your everlasting peace; wherein you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

For someone about to die

Sweet Jesus, the shelter of souls and shepherd of lambs: surround the soul of N. with your love and grace, and protect her as she crosses the bridge to you; that entering the gates of praise into your courts, she may join the company of the saints; graciously hear our prayer for your love’s sake. Amen.

For faith

Gracious God, who gives life and salvation: increase our faith and confirm us in your love; that placing our trust in your mercy, we may live and dwell in hope; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen.

Joshua Ligan 2007.
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