Current and Forthcoming: Fifth Sunday of Easter (Plus Monday Collect)


God our Father,
look upon us with love.
You redeem us and make us your children in Christ.
Give us true freedom
and bring us to the inheritance you promised.

Almighty ever-living God,
constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us,
that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism
may, under your protective care, bear much fruit
and come to the joys of life eternal.


Merciful Father,
may these mysteries give us new purpose
and bring us to a new life in you.

Graciously be present to your people, we pray, O Lord,
and lead those you have imbued with heavenly mysteries
to pass from former ways to newness of life.


I’ve not made any attempt to compare weekday Collects, but it might be that here we find the most dramatic differences.

Here is Monday of the Fifth Week in Easter

Father, help us to seek the values
that will bring us eternal joy in this changing world.
In our desire for what you promise
make us one in mind and heart.

May your right hand, O Lord, we pray,
encompass your family with perpetual help,
so that, defended from all wickedness
by the Resurrection of your Only Begotten Son,
we may make our way by means of your heavenly gifts.

Here is Thursday

Father, in your love you have brought us
from evil to good and from misery to happiness.
Through your blessings
give the courage of perseverance
to those you have called and justified by faith.

O God, by whose grace,
though sinners, we are made just
and, though pitiable, made blessed,
stand, we pray, by your works,
stand by your gifts,
that those justified by faith
may not lack the courage of perseverance.

I’ve heard it said a hundred times that the 3rd edition of the Roman Missal is not a new Missal but merely a new translation. That is true if we are speaking of the Latin. But as regards what will will actually hear said from the sanctuary starting on Advent 1, it is in fact a new Missal – and thanks be to God for that!

2 Replies to “Current and Forthcoming: Fifth Sunday of Easter (Plus Monday Collect)”

  1. In all fairness, the collect for the 5th Sunday of Easter in the 2003 Missal is a completely new collect from that in the 1970. In the first and second editions, the same collect was used for the Fifth Sunday of Easter and the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary. The collect in the new translation given above as "forthcoming" is therefore a translation of an entirely new collect, not simply a new translation of the one indicated as "current". That explains why they seem to be entirely different texts… they are!

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