The Collect Call: For the Second Sunday after Christmas


Brendan and emergency guest host the Rev. David Simmons go deeper than you could possibly imagine on adverbs and New Year’s resolutions. Holli needs to get better right quick so we don’t do this again.

The Collect Call 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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Links of the Week:

Thanks to The Rev. Emmetri Monica Beane, deacon at Little Fork Episcopal Church in Rixeyville, Virginia, for weighing in on our questions about the Revised Common Lectionary. Find her on Twitter at @deaconem540

Follow special guest host David Simmons on Twitter at @frsimmons

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This Week’s Prayer

(page 213 of the Book of Common Prayer, or

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of 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 the Second Sunday after Christmas”

  1. Thanks for the shout out!!! I learned a lot about the collect about Christmas 2. Hope Holli is feeling better soon. Father David, do you know Bishop Ted Gulick? He is my Asst Bishop and lives about 8 miles from me here in the Diocese of Virginia. Onward to Epiphany!!!

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