Collect - Structure

Structure

A collect generally has five parts:

  • Invocation or address, indicating the person of Trinity addressed, usually God the Father, rarely God the Son
  • Description of a divine attribute that relates to the petition (often qui ... - who ...)
  • The petition, "for one thing only and that in the tersest language"
  • The desired result (begins with the word ut - in order that)
  • Indication of a further purpose of the petition
  • Conclusion indicating the mediation of Jesus Christ.
  • Response by the people: Amen

In some contemporary liturgical texts, this structure has been obscured by sentence constructions that depart from the Latin flowing style of a single sentence.

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