Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Collect for the Catholic Church

I'm going to Toledo for the next two days to spend some time with the Heart of North America network, our colleagues in the Anglican Mission. I am, God willing, to be given the canonical standing of "lay catechist" in the Church of Rwanda, with the apostolic commission to preach the Gospel, seek wandering sheep, teach the Faith, and otherwise function as a pastor.

It's an interesting thing to do, just after GAFCON, and during the Lambeth Conference. I wouldn't have seen this in the summer of 2002, that's for certain.

I wrote another collect last week. I like to read them during the Prayers of the People (the intercessions), and I always have them approved by the Rector, since they are intercessions with particular theological content.
Loving God, you founded your Church on the cornerstone of Jesus Christ to experience and implement your plan for the world's redemption, and gave us the Scriptures and the Creeds to guide us in your Truth. Grant us the gift of your Spirit so that we would always continue in that religion which is both Catholic and Biblical.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

4 comments:

Stephen said...

Kyle,

I have really enjoyed getting to know both you and your tribe during my stay in Lexington. I am sad to be leaving so soon. But my prayers are with your community and your work at Georgetown. May peace be with you.

peregrinator said...

Kyle,
I am enjoying your forays into collects. I knew someone who once tried to memorize all the collects in the prayer book so that when he prayed extemporaneously that it would sound like a collect. I have taken that to heart and have endevored to articulate my prayers as though they were collects.

I do have a critique of this particular one in the sense that it seems to Catholic and Biblical as two separate phenomena. Every Catholic I know would say that Biblical is contained within Catholic.

Historically I can understand if the prayer was that by the Spirit we would be Catholic and Evangelical.

preacherman said...

Kyle,
I want you to know brother that I really enjoy reading your blog. You do a fantastic job. Keep up the great work you do!

Kyle said...

Fr. Peregrinator, thank you for that comment. I should re-write the collect before using it again.

Thanks, Stephen and Preacherman.