In the Episcopal Church (and many others) Thursday evening is the day when the choir and its musician(s) typically meet. On this Thursday in January we share a Collect used on day the Church remembers Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel, and Henry Purcell (Jul 28th). You can easily adapt this Collect as you pray for the musicians and singers in your life. We encourage you to share your (adapted) prayer with them.
Almighty God, beautiful in majesty and majestic in holiness, who teaches us in Holy Scripture to sing your praises and who gave your musicians Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel and Henry Purcell grace to show forth your glory in their music: Be with all those who write or make music for your people, that we on earth may glimpse your beauty and know the inexhaustible riches of your new creation in Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
What is a Collect?
What is a Collect? The origin of the term collecta, while rather obscure, refers to the “gathering of the people together” as well as to the “collecting up” of the petitions of individual members of the congregation into one prayer. This at first extemporaneous prayer would later also be connected to the Epistle and Gospel appointed for the day. A Collect is a short prayer that asks “for one thing only” (Fortescue) and is peculiar to the liturgies of the Western Churches, being unknown in the Churches of the East. It is also a literary form (an art comparable to the sonnet) usually, but not always, consisting of five parts.
Read more here: “The Collect”
Source: “Introduction.” Zahl, Paul F. M. and Barbee, C. Frederick, eds. The Collects of Thomas Cranmer. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 1999. [Kindle Edition]
Like Roman Catholics and the Orthodox, Episcopalians honor our ancestors in the faith, men and women of exceptional character and action as Christ-followers, who inspire and encourage us along the Way. The Collect used on the day they are honored often asks for graces to become a better Christ-follower in our day and in our lives.
Holy God, you blessed Elizabeth Seton with your grace as wife, mother, educator and founder, that she might spend her life in service to your people: Help us, by her example, to express our love for you in love of others; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
What is a Collect?