Collects

Refers to brief formal prayers used in Western Christian worship that vary with the day. The term reflects the original 'collecting' of the petitions of the worshippers into a single prayer. Collects consist of an invocation, a petition, and a pleading of Christ's name or ascription of glory to God. The collect precedes the readings in the eucharist.

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Refers to brief formal prayers used in Western Christian worship that vary with the day. The term reflects the original 'collecting' of the petitions of the worshippers into a single prayer. Collects consist of an invocation, a petition, and a pleading of Christ's name or ascription of glory to God. The collect precedes the readings in the eucharist. The collects in the 'Book of Common Prayer' are partly written by Thomas Cramner and partly adapted from Latin service books. According to the 'Book of Common Prayer,' two invariable collects follow the collect of the day at morning and evening prayers.

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  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300264480. The J. Paul Getty Trust.