Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, 215
Many Collects begin by addressing God and include an additional recognition of an attribute of God. Today we acknowledge that the Son of (Almighty) God is Jesus Christ, Savior, and “the light of the world.” We are beloved daughters and sons of God and kin to Jesus Christ. Consider, today and throughout the week, what we ask of God: that we, kin to Jesus, “illumined by [God’s] Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory.”
As this part of our prayer is granted we pray that, through us, Christ “may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth.”
Let us humbly make our prayer and with humility and compassion shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory this week and always. ~Fr. Dan