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Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity, MMXII

Almighty and everlasting God, thy mercy show to suppliant people, that we who put no trust in the character of our merits, experience not thy judgment, but indulgence, by the Lord...

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, misericordiam tuam ostende supplicibus: ut qui de meritorum qualitate diffidimus, non judicium tuum, sed indulgentian sentiamus, per 
per Dominum

English-Lutheran Service Book
Almighty God, we beseech thee, show thy mercy unto thy humble servants, that we who put no trust in our own merits may not be dealt with after the severity of thy judgement, but according to thy mercy. Through

Introit: Have mercy upon me O Lord...
Psalm: In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust...
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  But I would not have you to be ignorant...
Gradual: I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge ...
Gospel: Matthew 24:15-28 While he spake these things unto them, .. 

see it all here

This is the last collect I shall address in this study, which is appointed for the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity. This brings our study of weekly collects in the traditional Lutheran Service Book to an end.  We began on 1st Advent last year, and end on the Sunday next before Advent.  

The collect today is not to be found in the Book of Common Prayer, but is drawn from the sacramentary directly.  After the address and attributes, the petition follows that God would show to suppliant people his mercy. Micah wrote, "He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"  God hears the prayers of a contrite and humble heart. Isaiah said, " thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." We recall that Jesus said the humble tax collector who prayed in the Temple next to the puffed-up Pharisee would go home justified.

And then follows the result, that God would not exercise his righteous Justice against our sins, but rather grant his mercy for the sake of him who died for us. Hear what St John said, "If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the Propitiation for our sins."

Ancient Homily of Chrysostom on the Epistle here


(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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