Collect: Thomas Bray, Priest and Missionary, 1730 (Feb 15)

Thomas Bray was a man who paid attention, promoted good, and wanted all to keep learning.

Thomas Bray, Priest

In 1696, Thomas Bray, an English country parson, was invited by the Bishop of London to be responsible for the oversight of Church work in the colony of Maryland. Three years later, as the Bishop’s Commissary, he sailed to America for his first, and only, visitation. Though he spent only two and a half months in Maryland, Bray was deeply concerned about the neglected state of the American churches, and the great need for the education of clergymen, lay people, and children. Read more…

Lesser Feasts and Fasts

The Collect for the Commemoration

O God of compassion, you opened the eyes of your servant Thomas Bray to see the needs of the Church in the New World, and led him to found societies to meet those needs: Make the Church in this land diligent at all times to propagate the Gospel among those who have not received it, and to promote the spread of Christian knowledge; 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 the God of compassion will “[m]ake the Church in this land diligent at all times to propagate the Gospel among those who have not received it, and to promote the spread of Christian knowledge.”  You and I (and many others) are the Church in this land. Pay attention, for surely God will answer our prayer with graces to exceed our request allowing us to meet the needs of others. ~Fr. Dan

[Bray’s] greatest contributions were the founding of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, both of which are still effectively in operation after two and a half centuries of work all over the world.

Lesser Feasts and Fasts

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

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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