The Collect Call: For Proper 8

In our twelfth episode of the Collect Call, Brendan apologizes for messing with Texas (seriously, follow the Diocese of West Texas on Twitter!), and he and Holli both wrestle with what it means to be a temple acceptable to God.

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.

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Our shoutout this week is Episcopal Social Media Sunday, which is coming up THIS Sunday, June 29.  It’s super easy to participate (I mean, come on, we’re all on our phones all the time anyway) and a fascinating concept, plus it is the brainchild of two of our favorite Episcopalians on Twitter, Laura Catalano and Carolyn Clements.


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This Week’s Prayer

(page 230 of the Book of Common Prayer, or

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and 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 8”

  1. Seems to me that it is the “unity of spirit” that is acceptable. Certainly this is a good reminder to us all to put aside our differences in the common work to which we are called.

    1. Adelaide – thanks for that observation. It certainly seems to help with understanding this prayer, and makes it more consistent with the letter to the Ephesians, from which it’s derived.

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