(omitted in 2014, 18 Oct. 2015)
O ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, of your bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech you, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things that you would have [be] done; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 145:15-22; Ephesians 5:15-21; Matthew 22:1-14
One of the prominent images in Scripture for our union with God is a marriage. The Proverbs contain a sort of invitation to dine with God; the Gospel Parable describes the varied responses people have to that invitation; the Epistle, therefore, teaches us how to respond to God’s invitation. We are reassured in the Psalm of God’s love and care for us. Thus we ask God, in the Collect, for his protection as we learn how to respond to him cheerfully – in love.