O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
She says most of the people whose tax returns she prepares complain mightily about their circumstances. They don’t have enough money. Their taxes are too high. Often they haven’t withheld enough through the year or made quarterly payments. They are strained on April 15. Some are living beyond their means.
Among the ancient texts passed down to us from Alcuin is the Collect for Purity which our Book of Common Prayer places at the beginning of the Holy Eucharist. In earlier times, it was a prayer used by clergy for their preparation before worship. But it was a prayer too good to be kept in the sacristy, and became part of our common worship in Anglican tradition.
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