The Collect Call: For Ascension Thursday

In this special BONUS episode of the Collect Call, we talk about the collect for the Ascension, in the meantime touching on the inscrutability of the Ascension and whether Jesus really ascended into the cloud along with all our data files. The Collect Call is a podcast that unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

Big News!

The Collect Call was conceived as a pilot project for the Easter Season, but after seeing the interest it’s generated, we’ve decided to keep going! Thanks for all of your support.

We have also launched new ways to stay in touch. You can now follow us on Soundcloud, you can send us an e-mail (listen to the show for the address), and you can reach us on our new Twitter account – @thecollectcall.

Our shoutout for the week is the Rev. David Kendrick, who has been posting about our podcast on Facebook and Twitter. He’s also doing a really interesting project of recording morning and evening prayer on Soundcloud. Thanks David! Follow him on Twitter at @frdavidken.

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This Week’s Prayer

(page 226 of the Book of Common Prayer, or

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ
ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things:
Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his
promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end
of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory
everlasting. Amen.

For extra special bonus points, the collect we didn’t use for Ascension Day is:

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your
only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended
into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend,
and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

And as not to spoil the fun of hearing the Twitter challenge firsthand, after you’ve listened, click here for a visual representation of Holli’s initial idea.

About the hosts:


Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.


Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Holli And Brendan

Other Credits:


Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Image: Grant C., distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.


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