Friday, March 09, 2007

The Collect: Lent III

The Prayer

WE beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


This collect was translated by Cranmer from the Latin in the Sarum Missal, which had it from the Gregorian Sacramentary (6th century)


Many are the needs of our daily lives,
strong the desires of our hearts,
many the hungers, grievous the thirsts,
empty the starving souls,
We lay down before thee our every care,
spread out upon the altar,
surrounded by forces that call us to sin,
opposed at our every turn,
and here we are kneeling, watching and waiting
for thy hand with its mercy and might,
for thy touch and thy help, thy feeding and strength,
‘gainst enemies outside and in,
‘gainst sin’s condemning dark night.

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