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Sixth Sunday after Trinity MMXII

O God of hosts, of whom is everything that is best; implant in our hearts love of thy name; and, that thou mayest give us an increase of religion, nourish in us those things that are good and guard with zealous vigilance what thou hast nourished; through ... 

Dues virtutum cujus est totum, quod est optimum; insere pectoribus nostris amorem tui nominis; et praesta ut et nobis religionis augmentum, quae sunt bona nutrias; ac vigilantia studium, quaesumus, nutrits custodais, per.
Gelasian Sacramentally 

Introit:   The Lord is the strength of his people
Ps:  Unto thee will I cry
Epistle: Romans 3: 6-11. Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ...
Gradual: Return, O Lord how long...
Gospel:  Matthew 5: 20-26. For I say unto you, except your righteousness shall exceed ...

The above translation is a literal one offered by Strodach. Cranmer first translated this collect into Latin as follows:

Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of thy name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through... 

The collect begins with its salutation ton--God supreme and Sovereign whose attribute is the whole of all goodness. 

The petition follows that God would implant into out heats the love of his name. It is not by our free will that we come to adore God but rather by his good work within us. We remember when Jesus asked his disciples who men said he was, and that Peter said the Son of God. Jesus credited the Father for revealing that  good knowledge to Peter. 

Cranmer referred to the passage from James to express the excellent nature of God's good and perfect gifts to us

The collect continues to enumerate those good things with the desire for the grafting of (true) religion. There is a religion that is not true, and which is intolerable. For instance, this past week the bishop and some deputies of South Carolina walked out of the TEC synod for that cause.  Kendall Harmon said "This General Convention action is unbiblical, unChristian, unAnglican and unseemly."

The collect continues the petition to request that God nourish us in the good.  In the prayer that our Lord gave us we likewise say, "give us this day our daily bread." Jesus gives us his very Body and Blood through the sacrament and his word to nourish us in goodness.  We seek his continued succor day by day. 

Finally the last portion of the petition is also the result--that we might be sustained in goodness through God's vigilant protection.

An homily 


(Portions were paraphrased and passages cited from The Collect of the Day, by Paul Zeller Strodach, 1939, The United Lutheran Press, Philadelphia)
The Ancient Collect: Its history and form

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