The Collect Call: For the Third Sunday of Easter

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. In the third episode, we tackle the collect for the third Sunday of Easter, and we learn about the mysterious office of the Custodian of the Standard Book of Common Prayer.


The Collect Call is a pilot project offered by the Acts 8 Moment through Easter Season. Will it last past Easter or burn in the tongues of flame on Pentecost? You tell us! If you like this show, please share it, comment here or on Facebook, and leave us a review on iTunes.


This Week’s Prayer

(page 224 of the Book of Common Prayer, or


O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Things we referred to in the show:


Pulpit Fiction – A weekly podcast by Robb McCoy and Eric Fistler about the lectionary and more.


Draughting Theology – Including The Rev. Steve Pankey’s sermon about this show!


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.


4 thoughts on “The Collect Call: For the Third Sunday of Easter”

    1. Hi Leanne,

      Sorry you’re having problems – I haven’t been able to replicate the problem you’re having on any of my devices, but give this link a shot and see if you have better luck. Thanks for listening!

  1. I listened to your podcast out on the deck while enjoying the glorious weather yesterday. I really enjoyed how comfortable and fun and enthusiastic you were talking together. Thanks, Brendan for the research and background on the official keeper of the BCP – and thanks to Holli for your twitter prayer. I’ll definitely be listening more closely to the collect this morning – great job!

    1. Thanks, Lara! I’m so glad you chose us for your deck weather listening! Although I’m concerned that apparently you liked Holli’s tweetable prayer better than mine.

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