BOOK OF COMMON
Edited by JOHN HENRY BLUNT
Rivingtons, London, 1884
The ancient Collect for this day had a special reference to the
practice of Confession on the Tuesday following, which was hence called
Shrove Tuesday. It was as follows: "Preces nostras, quaesumus, Domine,
clementer exaudi: atque a peccatorum vinculis absolutos ab omni nos adversitate
custodi. Per Dominum nostrum." Our present very beautiful Collect
was substituted in 1549; it is formed on the basis of the Epistle, and
is evidently constructed also as a prayer for that Love without which the
discipline of Lent would be unavailing.
At the end of the Gospel for Quinquagesima Sunday the following Rubric
is inserted in MS. in Cosin's Durham Prayer Book: "This Collect, Epistle,
and Gosple shall serve only till the Wednesday following."