The Collect Call: For Proper 11

For a second consecutive week, the Book of Common Prayer serves up a prayer about prayer. It’s kind of meta. Also, the Official Linguist of the Collect Call returns to tell us what propers are and why we call them that.

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.

Or on Soundcloud:

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Link Love:

The Restoration Project

Basic Discipleship

Praying in Color

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This Week’s Prayer

(page 231 of the Book of Common Prayer, or

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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.


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.

2 thoughts on “The Collect Call: For Proper 11”

  1. Hi Holli and Brendan, first, thank you both for being so open and honest about each of your life experiences on this episode. I was surprised and humbled by what each of you shared.

    I actually have a couple other comments:
    Holli, you asked where we listen to the podcast. I actually downloaded an app on my phone called BeyondPod, and that accesses your RSS and downloads each episode as an mp3 for me.

    Also to Holli, you mentioned that you find it easier to connect and maintain your prayer relationship with God when you’re feeling calm. I find that really interesting because, in my life, I’m more apt to make prayers and petitions and cry out to God when I’m angry… which is definitely something that I’m exploring and trying to understand about myself.

    That’s all I’ve got… sorry Brendan that I didn’t have anything specifically directed at you today.

    1. Hi Tom,

      Thanks a lot for listening, and for your comments! I’m glad to know our feed is working on BeyondPod. I’ve been worried about our accessibility on Android devices, so knowing BeyondPod works well is a big plus. We’re currently working on getting on Stitcher as well.

      I hope you’ll continue to share your experiences with us. As you’ll hear when the Proper 12 episode publishes…sometimes we really need some help figuring out these prayers. This was a tough one for us.

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