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In the Liturgy the first spoken (or chanted) prayer is The Collect of the Day.  It is the summation of the Biblical theme of that day in the church year.  The word “collect” in this instance is pronounced:  käl ekt; but it is the same definition as the normally pronounced collect.  The Collect collects our thoughts in prayer to the Lord. 

The Collect of the Day for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (April 24th)

O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Meditation:  This prayer acknowledges a frank truth that we live among many changes in this world. This world includes our nation, our family, our lives and our work.  The chances and changes around us tire us, at least they do me.  We need something to steady us and so the Collect above prays that in these many changes, “…our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found”.  “Fixed” as in steadied, calmed, and looking up and so looking out for one another.  This prayer’s variation is also employed on other Sundays.  “Fixed” has also the meaning of “repaired”.  I do not know if that is the intent of the prayer but it seems to work.  I seek many false joys. My heart needs to be repaired, fixed in God’s love for us in Jesus. He gives that repair as we pray we love what the Lord commands and promises, Law and Gospel, that is, His steady and steadying Word to us and even more:  for us.  It is so important as we collect our thoughts to the Lord that we look up and out where true joys are found to steady us in our work, our play and our lives.  St. Paul encouraged:

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