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The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
O GOD, who declarest thy almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity; Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Source: Gelasius [492-496]. This is the original as Cranmer translated it faithfully, It it was altered in the 1662 update by adding the phrase " running the way of thy commandments" The Collect's emphasis on Grace, compliments the story of the Pharisee and the Publican praying in today's Gospel story from Luke.
Standing afar off, smote upon his breast
This week our calendar of saints includes Bartholomew the Apostle. His commemoration is a Holy Day and I will try to get out the appointed collect and readings for his day. As we think of the continuing terrorism coming from the many Muslim groups, it is good to reflect on this latter-day martyr who refused to submit to a Muslim militant. He refused to deny his Lord, and thus faced death at the hands of his captors: I speak of Evgeny of Chechnya. Along side of this modern martyr, we have the legend of Centurio Luxurius along with Camerinus, and Cisellus this week. His story is moving and one of the best of the ancient recounts. Let us keep all our our Christian soldiers, and especially our brother centurions who face this threat, in our prayers.