Once in a while I post a prayer that comes from the Daily Office or The Book of Common Prayer called a “collect.” In case you’ve noticed and have found yourself wondering why it’s called a collect, here’s an explanation I found on an Anglican website:
“A collect is simply a prayer meant to gather (collect) the intentions of the people and the focus of worship into a succinct prayer. All of the collects more or less fit a pattern that was developed and some would say perfected by Archbishop Cranmer in the first Book of Common Prayer (1549).”
The form of collects is actually quite simple.
- There is an address to God and to his character or actions in the world on our behalf.
- There is a request.
- There is an invocation and doxology.
- And there is The Amen.