The Collect Call: For The Haiku Challenge

In our nineteenth-and-a-half episode, Holli and Brendan declare the winner of the mystery prize for the Proper 14 “Tweet a Haiku that Summarizes that Prayer” Challenge. (Never fear–we’ll be back later this week for our regularly scheduled episode.)

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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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.


3 thoughts on “The Collect Call: For The Haiku Challenge”

  1. Oh, no! I really thought I could get away with the grammar. Oh, well.

    In all seriousness, though, how would I go about finding more of Aaron Devries’ music, if I so desired?

    1. We thought about whether we could solve your syllable problem by pronouncing it “pound proper 14”, but only people who don’t understand Twitter would ever do that, so we decided it was contrary to the spirit of the challenge.

      As for Aaron Devries’ music, check out, which features the (mostly Christmas) music of several Devries family members and friends. I particularly recommend “The Angel Gabriel”, found on “Thee Christmas Mixtape”.

      Also, there’s a great, insanely peppy version of “Bring A Torch Jeanette, Isabella” on “Glad Tidings” – that one’s not his, but it was so fun I used it for a video project I was doing on the Advent collects:

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