“Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
On the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, we will join Episcopalians and other Christians worldwide in this commanding prayer (Collect of the Day) to begin the annual observance of the “holiest of weeks.” As we walk in love with Our Lord, not only are we invited to offer these extraordinary words on Palm Sunday. We are invited as people of faith to offer them or others on each day of the day of the week. In the way of religious communities, who pause intentionally for prayer several times a day in chapels and elsewhere, we too are invited to engage God in prayer wherever we may be. Throughout our likely full days, as we move toward that next commitment, Passion Week reminds that we ought to be in prayer. For one minute, five minutes, or even ten minutes, followers of Jesus are called to pray unceasingly. When we do this, our practice makes perfect. Our conversations with God (i.e. prayers) become natural, more integrated into daily living.