The Collect Call: For the Fifth Sunday of Easter

In the fifth episode of the Collect Call, recorded live at Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary, we tackle the collect for the fifth Sunday of Easter, where we learn about eternal life and the heat death of the universe. 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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This Week’s Prayer

(page 225 of the Book of Common Prayer, or


Almighty god, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Other Things we Referred to on the Show


The collect for the fifth Sunday of Easter was previously used for the Feast Day of St. Philip and St. James. Here’s the collect they get today, found on page 240 of the Book of Common Prayer.


Almighty God, who gave to your apostles Philip and James grace and strength to bear witness to the truth: Grant that we, being mindful of their victory of faith, may glorify in life and death the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The Wikipedia entry on the heat death of the universe. Honestly we can’t make heads or tails of this.


Thank you to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village, Ohio, for helping get the word out about our show. You can follow St. Barnabas on Twitter at @bvbarnabas.


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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