Theology Class: the Collects of the Book of Common Prayer

Sunday, January 3, 2016
The Second Sunday After Christmas Day

The Second Sunday After Christmas Day

O God, who didst wonderfully create, and yet more wonderfully restore, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, thy Son Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

10:00 am - 10:45 am


For every Sunday of the year (and for a number of other days as well), the Book of Common Prayer provides a special prayer, known as the “collect.” While some of these prayers are recent compositions, many of them go back to the early Christian centuries and were put into elegant English by Thomas Cranmer (pictured above). This class will introduce the classic collect form, and will then look at many of the collects, drawing out from them an implicit and distinctive Anglican theology.

This class on the collects will be offered every Sunday through Palm Sunday at 10am on the fifth floor of the parish house. In addition, it will be repeated on most Mondays at 12:40pm on the second floor. Each class lasts 40-45 minutes Please access the theology calendar for exact dates and times for all theology classes at Saint Thomas.

In this opening class, Fr Austin gives an overview to the collects, including some remarks about their history and the classic “shape” of a collect.