01 August 2009

Collect for Sunday, 2nd August

O Lord, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church, and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succor, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

UPDATE: New Liturgical Movement has linked to this Collect in an interesting article about the use of hieratic liturgical English in worship. Some time ago I wrote a posting called "Prayerful Cadence," which discusses what makes for beautiful English in the liturgy.