Video: Episode 14: The Collect

Did you know that the invitation “Let us pray” does not mean “listen to me”, or “bring me the book”? In the next episode of the Liturgical Institute’s video series on the Ordinary Form of the Mass called, Elements of the Catholic Mass, we find out what the Collect is really about.

The Collect

“Collect” is the official term for what is generally known as the Opening Prayer of the Mass. This term is significant because it suggests how we ought to approach the opening oration. The prayer is preceded by the invitation of the priest: “Let us pray.” Note that these words do not mean “Bring me the book,” or “Please stand,” or “Watch while I turn through the pages,” or even “Listen to this prayer.” The invitation means first and foremost “Let us formulate the intentions we want to offer at this Mass.”

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