Collect for Corpus Christi

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: The Collect for Corpus Christi began, “O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion” and goes on to mention, “the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood.” But God did not have a Passion, Jesus did. “God” usually refers to the Father.

As the collect is normally addressed to the Father, is this a mistranslation of the Latin or is it deliberately addressing Jesus as “O God”? This reminds me of a prayer used at the conclusion of Eucharistic Adoration.

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A: Indeed, this is a very rare instance of a collect that is addressed to Jesus Christ. There’s another one for the morning mass on December 24.

The Latin original does indeed address “God”, and it is clear from the phrases you point out that God in this case is Jesus Christ, true God.

It is the same prayer that may be used in eucharistic adoration.

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