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Twentieth Sunday after Trinity MMXII

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to thy faithful people indulgence and peace, that we may be cleansed of all offenses and secure with a quiet mind serve thee, O Lord ...
[Strodach modified]

Largire, quaesumus, Domine, fidelibus tuis indulgentiam placatus et pacem: ut pariter ad omnibus mundetur offensis et secura tibi mente deserviant , per Domine
[Galacian Sacramentary]
Introit  ...The whole world is thy power, O Lord, King Almighty...
Ps.  ...Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord
Epistle ... Ephesians 6:10-17  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, an din the power of his might...
Gradual  ...Lord thou hast been our dwelling-place
Gospel John 4: 46-54 And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum...

First English translation:
GRAUNT we beseche thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithfull people pardon and peace, that they maye bee clensed from all. their synnes, and serve thee with a quiet mynde. Through Jesus Christ our Lorde.
[1549 BCP]

This is a prayer for cleansing.  "Though thy sins be as scarlet , they shall be white as snow...", " I have blotted out as a thick cloud thy transgressions...remember them no more"

Christ's own may take great confidence in his promises.  They may be secure in their minds and souls.  They may find that perfect freedom to serve him.   Their will has become bound to him; and they serve him in all holiness.  This is the Gospel--the Good News in Christ Jesus.

I am reminded of another collect with a similar theme of service and peace in our hearts. It is one I normally say every evening: 

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee, we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
[1662 BCP Evening Prayer]

DEUS, a quo sancta desideria, recta consilia, et justa sunt opera; Da servis tuis illam quam mundus dare non potest pacem; ut et corda nostra mandatis tuis dedita, et hostium sublata formidine tempora sint tua protectione tranquilla. Per merita Jesu Christi Salvatoris nostri. Amen.


(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

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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