O God, who makest the minds of the faithful to be of one will: Grant unto thy people that they may love what thou commandest and desire what thou dost promise; that among the manifold changes of this world, our hearts may there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through...
Deus, qui fidelium mentes unius efficis voluntatis: da populis tuis, id amare, quod praecipis, id desiderare, quod promittis: ut inter mundanas varietates ibi nostra fixa ain't corda ubi vera sunt gaudia. Per-
Introit: O sing unto the Lord a new song for he hath done marvelous things
Ps: His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him the victory
Epistle: James 1:16 – 21 Do not err my beloved brethren
Gradual: Hallelujah. Hallelujah The right hand of the Lord is exalted
Gospel: John 16:5-15 But now I go my way to him that sent me
This is certainly a collect for today. I watch with some amazement as churches are wracked with heresy as they abandon the Scriptures and the 2,000 years of tradition of the Christian folk and adopt the values of the culture around them. We live in a day when it seems very hard to keep the faith handed down by our Fathers.
O God, who makest the minds of the faithful to be of one will:
The collect begins with this attribute of God to mold the will and mind of the church into one. How? Jesus tells us in today's Gospel from John 16. This is the work of God through the Holy Ghost -- the Comforter who proceeds from the Father (as the Creed teaches) and was sent by the Son (so saith Scripture) to teach us one will: God's will.
Grant unto thy people that they may love what thou commandest and desire what thou dost promise
In the Epistle of James he tells that every gift of the Father is good and perfect. When we look back at the psalms of David we see the theme of the good gift of God's law which was perfect and served his chosen as a lamp unto their feet. That law was perfected in the Last Days with the coming of Christ "He begat us with the word of truth" James goes on to encourage his readers to be true to that gift by living lives after the example of our Lord--in fact loving what he commanded and desiring what he promised.
That among the manifold changes of this world, our hearts may there be fixed where true joys are to be found
In the day when this collected was recorded in Galasius' Sacramentay, Rome was under great pressure from adversaries without and decadence within. I can find many similarities today. The Christian world is globally under assault by a Jihad of Muslim extremist. The true faith is under assault by leaders in colleges, schools, elected officials, and even the pulpit. Christians in places like Africa are massacred every year. Yet, in the face of this assault so many stand firm and fix their hearts on Jesus where their true joys are to be found as members of the body of Christ -- the blessed company of all faithful people --where the Holy Ghost abides with, guides, and comforts the elect.
(Portions were paraphrased and passages cited from The Collect of the Day, by Paul Zeller Strodach, 1939, The United Lutheran Press, Philadelphia) http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/s/t/r/strodach_pz.htm
The Ancient Collect: Its history and form
Released by Primus Pilus
Legio Christi-Ecclesia Militans
"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another" [St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans 14:19]
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