“Collect” is the official term for what is generally known as the Opening Prayer of the Mass. This term is significant because it suggests how we ought to approach the opening oration. The prayer is preceded by the invitation of the priest: “Let us pray.” Note that these words do not mean “Bring me the book,” or “Please stand,” or “Watch while I turn through the pages,” or even “Listen to this prayer.” The invitation means first and foremost “Let us formulate the intentions we want to offer at this Mass.”
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