Saturday, 9 May 2009


This is the collect for the fourth Sunday after Easter in the Book of Common Prayer. Can you believe that this masterpiece of elegance and precision is just one sentence?

O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise, that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found, through Jesus Christ our Lord.