My Favorite Collect

Thomas McKenzie (of One-Minute Review fame) writes about his favorite BCP collect: The Collect for Advent

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

Fr. McKenzie writes:

The prayer weaves together the reading, as well as the meaning of the season.  More importantly, it asks God for a two fold grace.  We pray to put away the works of darkness.  Without the power of the Holy Spirit, we have no hope of leaving our bad behavior behind.  We are naturally inclined toward darkness, toward hiding, toward dishonesty.  Advent is a time of repentance, of turning aside from darkness.

We pray to put on the armor of light.  Leaving aside darkness is crucial, but so is battling against evil.  Christ calls us to join the struggle against the powers of this dark world (Ephesians 6:12)  This requires the whole armor of God.

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~ by Richard on December 3, 2011.

One Response to “My Favorite Collect”

  1. We are using those in our liturgy for Advent as our corporate confessions. –Chris

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