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A collect is a short prayer used in liturgy, for example towards the beginning of the Eucharist. It often reflects the themes of the particular season of the Church’s year. Its name comes from the idea that it ‘collects’ together the lessons of the service readings.

Holy Communion

At Holy Communion blessed bread and wine is shared, by which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The congregation gives thanks for Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection and his continuing presence. See also Eucharist.


Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).

Home Publications Word of the Lord Year A The Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Prayer for the week

Compassionate God:

Although they had seen the risen Jesus,
your followers faced weeks of waiting
before your Spirit released them from doubt and anxiety.
As we enter the next stage in this time of our waiting together,
sustain us with courage, grace and patience;
that we may not lose heart,
but persevere in what is right for ourselves,
our communities, and our neighbours throughout the world.


Canon Carol Wardman

Collect for the week

Almighty God,
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
have overcome death and opened to us
the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help
we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Sunday 10 May 2020

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The Fifth Sunday of Easter (A)