|Ever since I attended a short class on the construction of prayers
known as collects, I have enjoyed writing collects for various
situations. I have posted two of my prayers here on Lionel Deimel’s
Farrago. (Those prayers are for Christian
Unity and Inquiry.) I have written other
collects that I have posted on Lionel Deimel’s Web Log and am
only just posting here, where they may be easier for readers to find.
This first collect was written in anticipation of the 2008 Lambeth
Conference, a conclave of Anglican bishops from around the world
generally. Nominally, the conference is held every 10 years. There was a concern that many of the
meetings held during the conference would be private affairs without
press or other observers. (More information is available
here.) I wrote the collect below on 7/15/2008.
For the 2008 Lambeth Conference
Eternal God, who is revealed to us in the written word, incline the hearts of our Anglican bishops to allow their conversation to be observed and recounted;
and may those entrusted with telling the story of their efforts be faithful in their accounts, insightful in their observations, and blessed through their involvement;
that your servants may become better able to contribute to the mission and maintenance of the Church of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen
The Book of Common Pray contains a section of “Prayers for National
Life.” Situations do arise in our national life that are not covered by
those prayers, however. The Senate trial of President Donald Trump is
certainly one of those. My collect is from 1/20/20. When I posted this
collect on my blog, I wrote, ironically, “I hope that this collect is
seldom appropriate.” (More information is available
For an Impeachment Trial of the President
God, whose precepts direct us into all righteousness, inspire those
who sit in judgment of our president to pursue justice with wisdom,
courage, and integrity, so that this nation may again display the
love and compassion of your Son, our Savior, who, with you and the
Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The above prayer, obviously, was not answered.
The COVID-19 pandemic was the inspiration for this next collect,
written 2/27/2020. It was, for a time, a regular part of services in my
Indiana, Pennsylvania, parish. (More information is available
For a Time of Contagion
Most merciful God, whose
Son manifested your love by healing the sick, protect us from
advancing contagion and the fear thereof, and grant wisdom to those
who, by virtue of training or election, are guardians of public
health, so that we may cast aside our fears and continue to advance
the Kingdom of Heaven proclaimed by Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever Amen.
As we know, things did not go smoothly during the pandemic.
Misinformation about the virus, about treatments, and about vaccinations
was rampant. Moreover, many people came to believe things that were
clearly untrue. The situation led to my composition of the next collect
on 10/6/21. (More information is available
For the Misguided
Merciful Creator, God of wisdom
and truth, soften the hearts of those swayed by purveyors of
falsehood to value their own desires above the needs of others, so
that we may live more fully into the call to love our neighbors as
ourselves commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Inspired by tornado-caused devastation, I wrote the collect below on
12/12/2021. My prayer considers natural and man-made disasters. The
recent fires on Maui come to mind, where both human mistakes and nasty
weather contributed to the conflagration. (More information is available
For Disaster Victims
Mighty God of wind and rain, who created the earth and set it in motion, comfort those suffering from misfortunes
we call natural and those we bring on ourselves, that they may restore their lives and experience the love of Christ Jesus our Lord who, with you and the Holy Spirit,
reigns on high for ever and ever. Amen.
— LED, 8/28/2023