Collects and Post Communions in Traditional Language

  Lesser Festivals July (traditional language)
     
    11 July Benedict of Nursia
 White
   
Abbot of Monte Cassino,
 
   
Father of Western Monasticism, c.550
 
     
    Collect
     
    O eternal God,
who made Benedict a wise master
      in the school of thy service,
and a guide to many called into the common life
      to follow the rule of Christ:
grant that we may put thy love above all things,
and seek with joy the way of thy commandments;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    The Post Communion of Members of Religious Communities is used.
     
     
    14 July John Keble
White
   
Priest, Tractarian, Poet, 1866
 
     
    Collect
     
    Father of the eternal Word,
in whose encompassing love
all things in peace and order move:
grant that, as thy servant John Keble
      adored thee in all creation,
so we may have a humble heart of love
      for the mysteries of thy Church
and know thy love to be new every morning,
in Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    Post Communion
     
    The Post Communion of Pastors is used.
     
     
    15 July Swithun
White
   
Bishop of Winchester, c.862
 
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
by whose grace we celebrate again
the feast of thy servant Swithun:
grant that, as he governed with gentleness
      the people committed to his care,
so we, rejoicing in our inheritance in Christ,
may ever seek to build up thy Church in unity and love;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    The Post Communion of Bishops is used.
     
     
    19 July Gregory and Macrina
White
   
Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa,
 
   
and his sister Macrina, Deaconess
 
   
Teachers of the Faith, c.394 and c.379
 
     
    Collect
     
    O Lord of eternity, creator of all things,
who in thy Son Jesus Christ
      dost open for us the way to resurrection
that we may enjoy thy bountiful goodness:
grant that we, who celebrate thy servants Gregory and Macrina,
may press onwards in faith to thine unbounded love
and ever wonder at the miracle of thy presence among us;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    Post Communion
     
    The Post Communion of Teachers of the Faith is used.
     
     
    26 July Anne and Joachim
White
   
Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 
     
    Collect
     
    O Lord God of Israel,
who didst bestow such grace on Anne and Joachim
that their daughter Mary grew up obedient to thy word
and was made ready to be the mother of thy Son:
strengthen us to commit ourselves in all things to thy keeping
and grant us the salvation which thou hast promised to thy people;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    Post Communion
     
    O God our Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
whose servants Anne and Joachim revealed thy goodness
      in a life of tranquillity and service:
grant that we who have gathered in faith around this table
may like them know the love of Christ
      that surpasses knowledge
and be filled with all thy fullness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
    Or another Post Communion of 'Any Saint' is used.
     
     
    29 July  Mary, Martha and Lazarus
White
             
Companions of Our Lord
 
     
    Collect
     
    O God our Father,
whose Son delighted in the love of his friends,
      Mary, Martha and Lazarus,
in learning, argument and hospitality:
grant to us so to rejoice in thy love
that the world may come to know
      the depths of thy wisdom, the wonder of thy compassion,
      and thy power to bring life out of death;
through the merits of Jesus Christ,
our friend and brother,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
         
    Post Communion
     
    O God our Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
whose servants Mary, Martha and Lazarus revealed thy goodness
      in a life of tranquillity and service:
grant that we who have gathered in faith around this table
may like them know the love of Christ
      that surpasses knowledge
and be filled with all thy fullness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
     
    Or another Post Communion of 'Any Saint' is used.
     
     
    30 July William Wilberforce, Social Reformer, Olaudah Equiano and Thomas Clarkson: Anti-Slavery Campaigners, 1833, 1797 and 1846
White
     
     
    Collect
     
    O God our deliverer,
who didst send thy Son Jesus Christ
to set thy people free from the slavery of sin:
grant that, as thy servants William Wilberforce, Olaudah Equiano and Thomas Clarkson
      toiled against the sin of slavery,
so we may bring compassion to all,
and work for the liberty of all the children of God;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    Post Communion
     
    O God our redeemer,
who didst inspire William Wilberforce, Olaudah Equiano and Thomas Clarkson to witness to thy love
and to labour for the coming of thy kingdom:
grant that we, who in this sacrament share the bread of heaven,
may be fired by thy Spirit
      to proclaim the gospel in our daily lives
and never to rest content until thy kingdom come,
on earth as it is in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
       
    Or another Post Communion of 'Any Saint' is used.