Collect Fifth Week of Lent

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: I am deeply drawn to and inspired by the collect from mass on Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent. It is so powerful and resonates with our recent Parish mission/retreat.

The focus on the baptismal priesthood is wonderful!

Some collects speak to me and some don’t. This one is great.


A: According to my notes, that collect comes from the 8th century Gelasian Sacramentary, where it served as the prayer on Wednesday of the Octave of Easter. It is a beautiful gem, and the Church has preserved it for 1300 years or more.