Episcopalians are known for being a people of the Prayer Book.
Daily and weekly worship gatherings commonly use the invitation:
The Lord be with you. Response: And also with you. Let us pray.
Followed by a Collect, of the day, or of the season: a prayer that collects us into a common place of corporate prayer together.
If you peruse the prayer book, you’ll find collects in traditional and contemporary language, found online here: Bcponline.org
Looking through them you may notice a similarity in form. One that can be described in brief using just 3 words: To, Do, Through.
To: Descriptor of God/Address of God,
Do: Action of God/request of God,
Through: Through the Trinity, through Jesus Christ our Lord, etc.
Example (Collect for Social Justice)
Almighty God, who created us in your image:
Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
On this day in Lent, try your hand at writing a Collect. Bring it with you to our Sunday meal and fellowship gathering and we will pray it together with you!