Collects Oratio: Roman tradition Collecta: Gallican tradition Book of Common Prayer: Collecta Missale Romanum of Paul VI: Opening Prayer 2
Performative stages of a Collect Invitation of presider Let us pray Silence in God’s presence they formulate their petitions The presider prays the prayer expressing “the character of the celebration.” The assembly makes it their own in hearing. Amen 3
Attend to the Structure Invocation Amplification Petition Purpose Cause or motive 4
Attend to the Structure Who is being addressed? What is the main clause? What is being asked for? 5
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