Friday, April 10, 2009

Cranmer’s Collects for Good Friday

Thomas Cranmer has two collects that were used on Good Friday at different points in the liturgy. The first collect is a prayer for the church in its service and ministry:

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified; receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before thee for all estates of men in thy holy congregation, that every member of the same in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly service thee; through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The second collect was composed during the Reformation and is based on Ezekiel 18:23, 33:11 and John 10:16. It has a missional theme to it.

Merciful God, who has made all men, and hatest nothing that thou has made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live; have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels and heretics, and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word: and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reignth with thee and the holy ghost, now and forever. Amen.

Both come from The Collects of Thomas Cranmer by Paul F. M. Zahl

cf. James H. Grant, Jr.@

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