The Abbey is collecting collect prayers for our Election Day Vigil, and we would love one from YOU! Never written a collect? It’s not difficult! You follow a prescribed pattern or formula to “collect” many aspects of prayer into one, short, poetic, offering.
1. Address God
2. Name an attribute of God
3. Petition & purpose (related to number 2)
4. Ask this in the name of God, Jesus, or the Trinity
5. End with “Amen”
Here is an example from Morning Prayer. See if you can identify all the parts.
O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. Write a collect using this election time as inspiration.
Post your collect in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below and we will use it on Election Day