Collect: Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, 1893 (Jan 23)

Phillips BrooksWriting about Phillips Brooks in 1930, William Lawrence, who as a young man had known him, began, “Phillips Brooks was a leader of youth …. His was the spirit of adventure, in thought, life, and faith. ” To many who know him only as the author of “O little town of Bethlehem,” this part of Brooks’ life and influence is little known. Read more…

Lesser Feasts and Fasts

O everlasting God, you revealed truth to your servant Phillips Brooks, and so formed and molded his mind and heart that he was able to mediate that truth with grace and power: Grant, we pray, that all whom you call to preach the Gospel may steep themselves in your Word, and conform their lives to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

In the collect for this commemoration we pray “that all whom you call to preach the Gospel may steep themselves in your Word, and conform their lives to your will.”  We are all called to preach the Gospel. May we be steeped in the Word. And take seriously the words of the Lord’s Prayer: “thy will be done.” Perhaps an even more poignant prayer comes from stanza 5 of the Hymn “O little town of Bethlehem” (Hymn 79 in our Hymnal 1982) ~Fr. Dan

From the hymn O little town of Bethlehem O holy Child of Bethlehem,
descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin and enter in,
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel!

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Author: Daniel Rondeau

I am a husband and father and an Episcopal Priest (from the Diocese of San Diego; "Retired" due to illness).

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