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God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Matthew 28: 1-8

In this Collect there is hope as we see that Christ, the light of the world, brings a 'new day'. The Ash Wednesday Collect mentions sin and this one talks about 'hell'. Just as there are different ways to think about sin there are different ways to think about hell. One of the best ways to think of hell is as being separate from God, separate from the values and love that faith in God brings to us and separate from our friends and loved ones.
(Collect for Easter Day itself)

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

John 20 : 11-31
1 John 1:3

This Collect does two important things. Firstly it tells us that Christ is risen from the dead. It does this very simply by using the word 'risen' twice. Secondly it asks for us to become like the disciples and to tell the story of what Jesus said and did - before and after Easter. That is what 'proclaim your risen life' means.
(Collect from Easter Day to Pentecost)

Risen Christ,
you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven:
help us to seek and serve you,
that we may join you at the Father's side,
where you reign with the Spirit in glory,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Acts 1:1-10

The story of the Ascension is a bit like the story of Christmas backwards. In this story Jesus who rose from the dead ascends to heaven taking our human nature with him, just as he brought God's nature with him when he was born. The second part of the collect asks what many prayers ask, that we can all have God's strength to help us follow the example of Christ until we too come to heaven.
(Collect for Ascension Day)

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Acts 2:1-12
Eph. 2:8

John 20: 19-23

This Collect recalls the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost when flames appeared on the heads of the disciples after a great wind from heaven had blown through their house. Breath is often used as a way of describing the Spirit of God. Christians believe that through the things God has done, and is doing, the world will be renewed and the kingdom of love and peace will be established.
(Collect for the Day of Pentecost)

Eternal God, we offer our thanks that through our earthly lives you speak of your eternal life. We rejoice in the wonder of creation, the gift of human life and the many blessings that our relationships bring. Renew in us the fruits of your Holy Spirit; that love, joy and peace may abound in our homes, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Galatians 5:22
(King James Bible)

In this prayer there are many ideas about God and the way that Christians understand what the Holy Spirit does for families and relationships.

God our Father, 
your Word has come among us in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:may the light of faith illumine our hearts and shine in our words and deeds; through him who is Christ the Lord.
Amen.

Matthew 5:14, 16

A prayer for Christmas which has a lovely theme of light within it. We can see in this prayer that the 'light' of God is seen through the things that we do and say.
Illumine means 'make clear' or 'shine on'.

God our saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace won for us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Psalm 85:8
2 Peter 3:13

This Collect makes us think of the world and its problems by describing it as 'wounded'. When we say this prayer we are asking God to help us remember and act upon the values we live by - the Christian values found in the Bible.
(Collect for use during Trinity)

May God himself, the God of peace, make us perfect and holy, and keep us safe and blameless, in spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Amen

1 Thessalonians 5.23

This short prayer is very personal. In it we bring ourselves completely before God, body, mind and spirit.
What do the words body, mind and spirit mean to you?

Father of all,
you have given us your Son to be the Saviour of the World.
Welcome us your children into your kingdom to enjoy your presence now and for ever.
Amen.

Matthew Chapter 13

This prayer would work well at Christmas but it is also about God's kingdom which Jesus speaks about in Matthew's Gospel. What does it mean to be children living in this kingdom.

Eternal God,
in the cross of Jesus
we see the cost of our sin
and the depth of your love:
in humble hope and fear
may we place at his feet
all that we have and all that we are,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Mark Chapter 15

When we sin we do not live up to our values and this can lead to other people suffering. The way that Jesus suffered when he was betrayed by his friends shows just how much harm our sin can do. We need God's love, healing and forgiveness in order for us to start again and try to live up to our Christian values.
(Collect for Good Friday)

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