Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Current and Forthcoming: Ninth Sunday of the Year


Father, your love never fails
Hear our call.
Keep us from danger
and provide for all our needs.

O God, whose providence never fails in its design,
keep from us, we humbly beseech you,
all that might harm us
and grant all that works for our good.


Lord, as you give us the body and blood of your Son,
guide us with your Spirit
that we may honor you
not only with our lips,
but also with the lives we lead,
and so enter your kingdom

Govern by your Spirit, we pray, O Lord,
those you feed with the Body and Blood of your Son,
that, professing you not just in word or in speech,
but also in works and in truth,
we may merit to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Comments: Providence includes far more than just love; it suggests all-embracing control of the universe. In the face of this, humility is appropriate, a humility missing in the current version but evident in the forthcoming version of the collect. So too with the prayer after communion: in the first, our merit of Heaven is presumed and non-contingent. In the second, living a life of truth is essential in order to merit to enter Heaven. Recollecting the difference between love and providence, we also discover after communion in the forthcoming version that we are not merely to be guided by God but completely governed by God.