Easter till Pentecost Collects

Collects of Easter
Easter Vigil
O God, who make this most sacred night radiant
With the glory of the Lord’s Resurrection,
Stir up in your Church a spirit of adoption,
So that, renewed in body and mind,
We may render you undivided service.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Easter Sunday
O God, who on this day
Through your only begotten Son,
Have conquered death
And unlocked for us the path to eternity,
Grant, we pray, that we who keep
The solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection
May, through the renewal brought by your Spirit,
Rise up in the light of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Monday within the Octave of Easter
O God, who give constant increase
To your Church by new offspring,
Grant that your servants may hold fast in their lives
To the Sacrament they have received in faith.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Tuesday within the Octave of Easter
O God, who have bestowed on us paschal remedies,
Endow your people with heavenly gifts,
So that, possessed of perfect freedom,
They may rejoice in heaven
Over what gladdens them now on earth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Wednesday within the Octave of Easter
O God, who gladden us year by year
With the solemnity of the lord’s resurrection,
Graciously grant
That, by celebrating these present festivities,
We may merit through them to reach eternal joys.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Thursday within the Octave of Easter
O God, who have united the many nations
In confessing your name,
Grant that those reborn in the font of Baptism
May be one in the faith of their hearts
And the homage of their deeds.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Friday within the Octave of Easter
Almighty, ever-living God,
Who gave us the Paschal Mystery
In the covenant you established
For reconciling the human race,
So dispose our minds, we pray,
That what we celebrate by professing the faith
We may express in deeds.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Saturday within the Octave of Easter
O God, who by the abundance of your grace,
Give increase to the peoples who  believe in you,
Look with favor on those you have chosen
And clothe with blessed immortality
Those reborn through the Sacrament of Baptism.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.


Divine Mercy Sunday
God of everlasting mercy,
Who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast
Kindle the faith of the people you have made your own,
Increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed,
That all may grasp and rightly understand
In what font they have been washed,
By whose spirit they have been reborn,
By whose Blood they have been redeemed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Monday: Easter 2
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
That we who have been renewed by paschal remedies,
Transcending the likeness of our earthly parentage,
May be transformed in the image of our heavenly maker.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Tuesday Easter 2
Enable us, we pray, almighty God,
To proclaim the power of the risen Lord,
That, we who have received the pledge of his gift,
May come to possess all he gives
When it is fully revealed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Wednesday, Easter 2
As we recall year by year the mysteries
By which , through the restoration of its original dignity,
Human nature has received the hope of rising again,
We earnestly beseech your mercy, Lord,
That what we celebrate in faith
We may possess in unending love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Thursday, Easter 2
O God, who for the salvation of the world
Brought about the paschal sacrifice,
Be favorable to the supplications of your people,
So that Christ our High Priest, interceding on our behalf,
May by his likeness to ourselves
Bring us reconciliation
And by his equality with you
Free us from our sins.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Friday, Easter 2
O God, hope and light of the sincere,
We humbly entreat you to dispose our hearts
To offer you worthy prayer
And ever to extol you
By dutiful proclamation of your praise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Saturday, Easter 2
Set aside, o Lord,
The bond of sentence written for us by the law of sin,
Which in the Paschal Mystery you cancelled,
Through the Resurrection of Christ your son,
Who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Third Sunday of Easter
May your people  exult forever, o God,
In renewed youthfulness of spirit,
So that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption,
We may look forward in confident hope
To the rejoicing of the day of resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Monday, Easter 3
Grant we pray, almighty God,
That putting off our old self with all its ways,
We may live as Christ did,
For through the healing paschal remedies
You have conformed us to his nature.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Tuesday, Easter 3
O God, who open wide the gates of the heavenly Kingdom
To those reborn of water and the Holy Spirit,
Pour out on your servants
An increase of the grace you have bestowed,
That, having been purged of all sis,
They may lack nothing
That in your kindness you have promised.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Wednesday, Easter 3
Be present to your family, o Lord, we pray,
And graciously ensure
Those you have endowed with the grace of faith
An eternal share in the Resurrection
Of your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Thursday, Easter 3
Almighty, ever living God,
Let us feel your compassion more readily
During these days when, by your gift,
We have known it more fully,
So that those you have freed from the darkness of error
May cling more firmly to the teachings of your truth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Friday, Easter 3
Grant we pray, almighty God
That we who have come to know
The grace of the Lord’s resurrection,
May through the love of the Spirit
Ourselves rise to newness of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Saturday, Easter 3
O God, who in the font of Baptism
Have made new those who believe in you,
Keep safe those reborn in Christ,
That, defeating every onslaught of error,
They may faithfully preserve the grace of your blessing.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Fourth Sunday of Easter
Almighty ever-living God,
Lead us to a share in the joys of heaven,
So that the humble flock may reach
Where the brave Shepherd has gone before.
Who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Monday, Easter 4
O God, perfect light of the blessed,
By whose gift we celebrate the paschal mysteries on earth,
Bring us, we pray,
To rejoice in the full measure of your grace
For ages unending.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Tuesday, Easter 4
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
That, celebrating the mysteries of the Lord’s resurrection,
We may merit receiving the joy of our redemption.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

WednesdayEaster 4
O God, life of the faithful,
Glory of the humble,
Blessedness of the just,
Listen kindly to the prayers
Of those who call on you,
That they who thirst for what you generously promise
May always have their fill of your plenty.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Thursday, Easter 4
O God, who restore human nature
To yet greater dignity than at its beginnings,
Look upon the amazing mystery of your loving kindness,
And in those you have chosen to make new
Through the wonder of rebirth
May you preserve the gifts
Of your enduring grace and blessing.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Friday, Easter 4
O God, author of our freedom and of our salvation
Listen to the voice of our pleading
And grant that those you have redeemed
By the shedding of your  Son’s blood
May have life through  you
And under your protection
Rejoice forever unharmed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Saturday, Easter 4
O God, who in the celebration of Easter
Graciously give to the world
The healing of heavenly remedies,
Show benevolence to your Church,
That our present observance
May benefit us for eternal life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Fifth Sunday of Easter
Almighty, ever-living God,
Constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us,
That those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism
May, under your protective care, bear much fruit
And come to the joys of life eternal.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Monday, Easter 5
May your right hand, O Lord, we pray,
Encompass your family with perpetual help,
So that, defended from all wickedness
By the Resurrection of your Only Begotten Son,
We may make our way by means of your heavenly gifts.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Tuesday, Easter 5
O God, who restore us to eternal life
In the resurrection of Christ,
Grant your people constancy in faith and hope,
That we may never doubt the promises
Of which we have learned from you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Wednesday, Easter 5
O God, restorer and lover of innocence,
Direct the hearts of your servants toward yourself,
That those you have set free from the darkness of unbelief
May never stray from the light of your truth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Thursday, Easter 5
O God, by whose grace,
Though sinners, we are made just
And though pitiable, made blessed,
Stand, we pray, by your works,
Stand by your gifts,
That those justified by faith
May not lack the courage of perseverance.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Friday, Easter 5
Grant us, Lord, we pray,
That, being rightly conformed to the paschal mysteries,
What we celebrate in joy
May protect and save us with perpetual power.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Saturday, Easter 5
Almighty and eternal God,
Who through the regenerating power of Baptism
Have been pleased to confer on us heavenly life,
Grant, we pray,
That those you render capable of immortality
By justifying them
May by your guidance
Attain the fullness of glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Sixth Sunday of Easter
Grant, almighty God,
That we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion
These days of joy,
Which we keep in honor of the risen Lord,
And that what we relive in remembrance
We may always hold to in what we do.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Monday, Easter 6
Grant, O merciful God,
That we may experience at all times
The fruit produced by the paschal observances.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Tuesday, Easter 6
Grant, almighty and merciful God
That we may in truth receive a share
In the Resurrection of Christ your son.
Who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Wednesday, Easter 6
Grant, we pray, O Lord,
That, as we celebrate in mystery
The solemnities of your son’s resurrection
So, too, we may be worthy
To rejoice at his coming with all the Saints.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Thursday, Easter 6
O God, who made your people
Partakers in your redemption
Gran, we pray,
That we may perpetually render thanks
For the Resurrection of the Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Friday, Easter 6
Hear our prayers, O Lord
So that what was promised
By the sanctifying power of your Word
May everywhere be accomplished
Through the working of the Gospel
And that all your adopted children may attain
What the testimony of truth has foretold.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Saturday, Easter 6
Constantly shape our minds, we pray, O Lord,
By the practice of good works,
That, trying always for what is better,
We may strive to hold ever fast to the Paschal Mystery.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Ascension
Vigil Mass
O God, whose Son today ascended to the heavens
As the Apostles looked on,
Grant, we pray that in accordance with his promise
We may be worthy for him to live with us always on earth.
Who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Mass during the Day
Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God,
And make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving,
For the Ascension of Christ your Son,
Is our exaltation,
And, where the Head has gone before in glory,
The Body is called to follow in hope.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Monday, Easter 7
May the power of the Holy Spirit
Come to us, we pray, O Lord,
That we may keep your will faithfully in mind
And express it in a devout way of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Tuesday, Easter 7
Grant, we pray, almighty and merciful God,
That the Holy Spirit coming near
And dwelling graciously within us,
May make of us a perfect temple of his glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Wednesday, Easter 7
Graciously, grant to your Church, O merciful God,
That, gathered by the Holy Spirit,
She may be devoted to your with all her heart
And united in purity of intent.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.


Thursday, Easter 7
May your Spirit, O Lord, we pray,
Imbue us powerfully with spiritual gifts,
That he may give us a mind pleasing to you
And graciously conform us to your will.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.


Friday, Easter 7
O God, who by the glorification of your Christ,
And the light of the Holy Spirit
Have unlocked for us the gates of eternity,
Grant, we pray,
That, partaking of so great a gift,
Our devotion may grow deeper
And faith be strengthened.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

Saturday, Easter 7
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
That we who have celebrated the paschal festivities,
May by your gift hold fast to them
In the way that we live our lives.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.


Pentecost
Vigil Mass
Almighty ever-living God,
Who willed the Paschal Mystery
To be encompassed as a sign in fifty days,
Grant that from our of the scattered nations
The confusion of many tongues
May be gathered by heavenly grace
Into one great confession of your name.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.


Or
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
That the splendor of your glory
May shine forth upon us
And that, by the bright rays of the Holy Spirit
The light of your light may confirm the hearts
Of those born again by your grace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.


Mass during the Day
O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast
Sanctify your whole church in every people and nation,
Pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit
Across the face of the earth
And, with the divine grace that was at work
When the Gospel was first proclaimed
Fill now once more the hearts of believers.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.



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