The Collect Call: For the Seventh Sunday of Easter

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In the eighth episode of the Collect Call, we tackle the collect for the seventh (and last) Sunday of Easter, where we say goodbye to Easter by reflecting on exaltation and the peripatetic corpse of the Venerable Bede. 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 226 of the Book of Common Prayer, or


O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son
Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to
strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior
Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The John passage Brendan reads during this podcast can be found here (beginning at verse 20).

Since the collect references the King of Glory, it’s the right time to share this video, which went viral many years ago, with good reason.

And if you want a picture of the tomb of the Venerable Bede (WHO WOULDN’T?), here’s a link.

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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