A collect is a ‘collective’ prayer by the people. It is one we say together with a unified heart and spirit. Will you join me in this prayer?
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warning and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and for ever. Amen.