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Meaningful Mass Monday | Step 6: The Collect (Explaining Mass, one step at a time.)
After the Gloria, the priest says “Let us pray” and recites the Collect, a prayer meant to gather together the intentions of the people participating in the Mass and conclude the Introductory Rites part of the Mass.
The Collect always follows the same pattern – YOU, WHO, DO, THROUGH – and is based on the day’s readings.
YOU: Naming God the Father, to whom the prayer is always addressed WHO: naming the goodness that God has done for us DO: naming our petition to God, asking our needs for that day THROUGH: asking our petition through Jesus Christ in union with the Holy Spirit
For example: O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call on you in our need, may at your prompting discern what is right, and by your guidance do it. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
We respond “Amen” which is Hebrew for “so be it.”
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--------- Summary derived from "A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Understanding What We Say and Do In The Liturgy" by Edward Sri (available at Desales Catholic Bookstore) ... See MoreSee Less
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