O LORD, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we which are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
Source: Sacramentary of Bishop Gregory of Rome [600 AD]. The collect shows the great stress that Gregory knew from all sorts of calamities and threats - often perceived directly as a result of the sin of the nation. Septuagesima is the pre-Lent Sunday approximately 70 days before Easter. See more here on this day
He hath founded the earth upon its firmness" (ver. 5). Hehath founded the Church upon the firmness of the Church.What is the firmness of the Church, but the foundation ofthe Church. What is the foundation of the Church, but thatof which the Apostle saith, "Other foundation can no manlay but that is laid, which is Christ Jesus." Andtherefore, grounded on such a foundation, what hath shedeserved to hear? "It shall not be bowed forever and ever.""He founded the earth on its firmness." That is, He hathfounded the Church upon Christ the foundation. The Churchwill totter if the foundation totter; but when shall Christtotter, before whose coming unto us, and taking flesh onHim, "all things were made by Him, and without Him was notanything made;" who holdeth all things by HisMajesty, and us by His goodness? Since Christfaileth not, "she shall not be bowed for ever and ever."Where are they who say that the Church hath perishedfrom the world, when she cannot even be bowed....
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