What is a Collect?


begin-quote-purple-x7152What 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]

Collect: Elizabeth Seton (Jan 4)

Elizabeth SetonLike 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.

Elizabeth Seton | Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music

What is a Collect?

Power of Attitude


Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
– Winston Churchill

There’s a direct correlation between a positive attitude and better relationships, superior health, and greater success.

Some studies show that personality traits like optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that typically comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. A positive attitude can boost your energy, heighten your inner strength, inspire others, and garner the fortitude to meet difficult challenges.  According to research from the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking can increase your life span, decrease depression, reduce levels of distress, offer better psychological and physical well-being, and enable you to cope better during hardships and times of stress.  And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits.

Read the entire post, including 10 ways to adopt a positive mental attitude on the website of The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy

Shout it from the Mountaintop: January 9, 2015

Consider this wisdom shared by the folks at our favorite Episcopal Camp and Conference Center.

When the Bell Rings

“Reconnecting to nature is one key to growing a larger environmental movement. That reconnection is visceral and immediately useful to many people’s lives. Encouraging personal reconnection does not mean less engagement with global environmental issues; it means more. To act, most of us need motivation beyond despair.”  ― Richard Louv

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