Collects and Post Communions in Traditional Language

  Lesser Festivals May (traditional language)
     
    2 May     Athanasius
White
   
Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher of the Faith, 373
 
     
    Collect
     
    Ever-living God,
whose servant Athanasius bore witness
      to the mystery of the Word made flesh for our salvation:
give us grace, with all thy saints,
to contend for the truth
and to grow into the likeness of thy Son,
Jesus Christ 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.
     
     
    4 May       English Saints and Martyrs
White
      of the Reformation Era  
     
    Collect
     
    O merciful God,
who, when thy Church on earth was torn apart
      by the ravages of sin,
didst raise up men and women in this land
who witnessed to their faith with courage and constancy:
give unto thy Church that peace which is thy will,
and grant that those who have been divided on earth
      may be reconciled in heaven
and be partakers together in the vision of thy glory;
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, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things:
grant that we, who have shared at this table
      as strangers and pilgrims here on earth,
may with all thy saints be welcomed
      to the heavenly feast in the day of thy kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
    8 May    Julian of Norwich
White
   
Spiritual Writer, c.1417
 
     
    Collect
     
    Most holy God, the ground of our beseeching,
who through thy servant Julian
didst reveal the wonders of thy love:
grant that as we are created in thy nature
      and restored by thy grace,
our wills may be so made one with thy will,
and that we may come to see thee face to face
and gaze on thee for ever;
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.
     
     
    19 May   Dunstan
White
   
Archbishop of Canterbury, Restorer of Monastic Life, 988
 
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
who didst raise up Dunstan
to be a true shepherd of the flock,
a restorer of monastic life
and a faithful counsellor to kings:
grant, we beseech thee, to all pastors
the like gifts of thy Holy Spirit
that they may be true servants of Christ
      and of all his 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
     
    The Post Communion of Bishops is used.
     
     
    20 May    Alcuin of York
White
   
Deacon, Abbot of Tours, 804
 
     
    Collect
     
    O God of wisdom, eternal light,
who didst shine in the heart of thy servant Alcuin,
revealing to him thy power and pity:
scatter the darkness of our ignorance 
that, with all our heart and mind and strength,
we may seek thy face
and be brought with all thy saints
      into thy holy presence;
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.
     
     
    24 May John and Charles Wesley
White
   
Evangelists, Hymn Writers, 1791 and 1788
 
     
    Collect
     
    Merciful God,
who didst inspire John and Charles Wesley
      with zeal for thy gospel:
grant to all people boldness to proclaim thy word
and a heart ever to rejoice in singing thy praises;
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 Pastors is used.
     
     
    25 May                    The Venerable Bede
White
   
Monk at Jarrow, Scholar, Historian, 735
 
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God, maker of all things,
whose Son Jesus Christ gave to thy servant Bede
grace to drink in with joy
      the word which leadeth us to know thee and to love thee:
in thy goodness
grant that we also may come at length to thee,
the source of all wisdom,
and stand before thy face;
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.
     
     
     26 May  Augustine of Canterbury
White
   
First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
 
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
whose servant Augustine was sent as the apostle
      of the English people:
mercifully grant that, as he laboured in the Spirit
      to preach Christ in this land,
so all who hear thy gospel
may strive to make thy truth known in all the world;
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.
     
     
    30 May  Josephine Butler
White
   
Social Reformer, 1906
 
     
    Collect
     
    O God of compassion and love,
by whose grace thy servant Josephine Butler
followed in the way of thy Son
in caring for those in need:
help us, after her example, to work with strength
for the restoration of all to the dignity
      and freedom of those created in thine image;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour,
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 Josephine Butlerto 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.