O God, who manifests thy almighty power most chiefly in sparing and mercy: multiply upon us thy grace, that we running to thy promises, may come to partake of thy heavenly treasures. Through...
Deus, qui omnipotentiam tuam parcendo maxime it miserando manifestas; multiplica super nos gratiam tuam: ut ad tua promissa currentes, coelestium bonorum facias esse consortes. per .
Introit: As for me I will call upon the Lord
Ps: Give ear to my prayer, O God
Epistle: 1 Cor 12:1-11 Now concerning spiritual gifts.. .
Gradual: Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of the eye...
Gospel: Luke 19:41-48. And when he was come near, he beheld the city...
I have reworked this prayer from the BCP version to a more literal version so that we may appreciate the collect of the early church.
O God, who manifests thy almighty power most chiefly in sparing and mercy
Deus, qui omnipotentiam tuam parcendo maxime it miserando manifestas;
We begin with a wonderful attribute of God. What greater gift has God given, and what mightier act of his almighty power, than to spare us miserable sinners? God accomplished this through the ultimate act of sacrificing his Son, our Lord, whose death on the cross is the propitiation for this sins of the whole world. Those who have offended God through their sin are spared through his love. Through this act and offering given once and for always he has blessed all those he has called and to whom he has given his holy Spirit. They alone are able to proclaim his name in faith, and in no wise may ever blaspheme the Spirit. Paul teaches this truth in the epistle as he speaks to the work of the Spirit in the elect.
Then follows the petition:
multiply upon us thy grace, that we running to thy promises,
multiplica super nos gratiam tuam:ut ad tua promiissa currentes, coelestium bonorum facias esse consortes.
We who have been blessed with God's presence in our lives pray diligently that he would work in us greater blessing and grace; leading us and teaching us to follow after his promises
Finally, the result:
may come to partake of thy heavenly treasures.
coelestium bonorum facias esse consortes
What more may we hope for in this life but to fulfill his will for us and to come into his joy in the fullness of time. The reward of all those who are called and persevere shall be the good things of Paradise.
An homily of Chrysostom on the Epistle
(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]
* ORDO CENTURIONUM * IN HOC SIGNO VINCES * TIME DEUM ET OPERARE IUSTITIAM