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The Collect Call: Lent Collect from the Order of Worship for the Evening

Unearthing a gem of a prayer from the seldom used Order of Worship for the Evening. This week’s prayer (BCP p. 111): Almighty and most merciful God, kindle within us the fire of love, that by its cleansing flame we may be purged of all our sins and made worthy to worship you in spirit [...]


The Collect Call: Suffrages A

A set of prayers so good you can say them twice a day – we take a look at Suffrages A from Morning & Evening Prayer. Featured link: St. Bede’s Breviary, an excellent resource for daily prayer: BCP p. 97 V. Show us your mercy, O Lord; R. And grant us your salvation. V. Clothe [...]


The Collect Call: Kyrie Pantokrator

Our Lenten series continues with the Kyrie Pantokrator, including the burning question – how do you pronounce Pantokrator anyway? Featured Link: Songs in the Desert – a Collaborative Lenten Devotional This week’s prayer – BCP p. 90 O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven, * God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of all [...]


The Collect Call: Confession (Morning Prayer Rite 1)

As Lent approaches, we shift into a more penitential gear, looking at the prayer of confession in Morning Prayer, Rite 1. We also fail to act like adults. This week’s prayer (BCP page 41) Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much [...]


The Collect Call: For the Judiciary & Local Government

It’s a double-feature! We pray for courts of justice, for local government, and at long last, we meet George Albert Zabriskie, who achieved the hat trick in collects for the branches of government. This week’s prayers (BCP p. 821 and 822) For Courts of Justice Almighty God, who sittest in the throne judging right: We [...]


The Collect Call: For Congress

As our series on praying for the government continues, we look at the BCP’s collect praying for Congress or a state legislature. Also, we begin our campaign to get a Kindle edition of Hatchett. We need your help! This week’s prayer (BCP p. 821) O God, the fountain of wisdom, whose will is good and [...]


The Collect Call: For Our Country

We look at the prayer for our country on page 820, and find at least one good reason to look at prayer book revision. Also, lectors – take note of a name that might trip you up this Sunday. This week’s prayer (BCP p. 820) Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for [...]


The Collect Call: For the President and All in Civil Authority

On praying for those in authority, plus, taking Paul out of context when he’s cranky in this week’s lectionary. This week’s prayer (BCP p. 820) O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in [...]


The Collect Call: For Those Who Influence Public Opinion

Thanks to a super-fan, we’re embarking on a new exploration of the Book of Common Prayer, starting with the prayer for those who influence public opinion. Plus – what’s in the lectionary this week? This week’s prayer (BCP 827): Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, [...]


The Collect Call: Christmas Roundup

If you pay attention the liturgical calendar, it won’t let you sentimentalize Christmas, but will force you to come to grips with what the calling of a Christian really is. [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] How to listen ■ iTunes ■ Stitcher ■ Soundcloud ■ RSS Feed ■ Blubrry How to Connect ■ Twitter ■ Facebook The...


The Collect Call: Advent Roundup

We finally come back after our Halloween break (and then some) for an Advent roundup and how to deal with this #spoileralert of a Sunday lectionary. This week’s prayers: First Sunday of Advent Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in [...]


The Collect Call: #collectlove

We don’t presume to know how you voted, nor do we even care. But we do know that a lot of people are hurting and scared right now, and we all have to live with each other now that the election is over. We have a homework assignment for you: tell us about ways you [...]


The Collect Call: It’s Fine (Proper 22)

On hearing that God is more ready to hear than we are to pray, Holli observes that she always asks her daughter how her day was, and mostly all she has to say is that things are fine. This week’s prayer: Proper 21 (BCP p. 234) Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more [...]


The Collect Call: Mercy and Pity and Power, Oh My! (Proper 21)

Image by ocean_of_stars. Used under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. Luci Hoad and Jordan Ware, co-hosts of Two Feminists Annotate the Bible (subscribe on iTunes), join us for a second week to talk about the mysteries of using your power to show mercy and pity. This week’s prayer: Proper 21 (BCP p. 234) O God, [...]


The Collect Call: Social Media Sunday – The Origin Story

As Social Media Sunday approaches again on September 25, 2016, it appears to be increasingly embraced by the institutional church. But we love that the origin story of Social Media Sunday is two laypeople doing their thing on the internet. Here’s our interview with Carolyn Clement, one of the people who gave Social Media Sunday its [...]


The Collect Call: Things That Are Passing Away (Proper 20)

Luci Hoad and Jordan Ware, co-hosts of Two Feminists Annotate the Bible (subscribe on iTunes), join us to talk about repelling barbarians and new collects for the modern inconvenience of ailing technology. This week’s prayer: Proper 20 (BCP p. 234) Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and [...]


The Collect Call: Judge Not the Pumpkin Spice Latte (Proper 19)

This week we totally solve the mystery of why we need God’s help to love God, and then we fight about the merits of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. This week’s prayer: Proper 18 (BCP p. 233) O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may [...]


The Collect Call: Never Say Never (Proper 18)

Holli and Brendan reconcile after an internet poll confirms they’re both right, and we learn why we should be careful about saying always and never. Plus: announcing a contest for our listeners! This week’s prayer: Proper 18 (BCP p. 233) Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always [...]


The Collect Call: Seven Jeans and True Religion (Proper 17)

It was basically inevitable that this week’s prayer would lead Holli to imitate Fergie. You’re welcome. This week’s prayer: Proper 17 (BCP p. 233) Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with [...]


The Collect Call: They Say It’s Your Birthday (Proper 16)

The final episode of the show to be released while Brendan is in his 30s. We bewail the lack of Christian unity, again, and debate the merits of the BCP’s birthday prayers. This week’s prayers: Proper 16 (BCP page 232) Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy [...]