The idea to prepare these texts arose from the unease with the content, style and language in many of the Presidential Prayers in the old Sacramentary and now the Roman Missal. The 1969 edition contained only one choice for the Collect. The 1973 English language Sacramentary contained a collection of original compositions called ‘Alternative Opening Prayers’. This move inspired several bishops’ conferences to create new texts for their own countries. They were convinced that there ought to be a stronger link between the Presidential Prayers and the liturgical readings.

The authors are indebted to the late Fr. Camilo J. Marivoet, CICM, who in his three-volume LITURGY ALIVE, challenges Pastors to be more creative in the way they preside at the Eucharist.

In preparing the COLLECTS we have been inspired by those contained in PRAYERS for Sundays and Seasons by Peter J. Scagnelli (LTP, 1998).

Other resources are:

  • Opening Prayers – The ICEL Collects (Canterbury Press, 1999)
  • New Sunday & Holy Day Liturgies – Flor McCarthy, SDB (Dominican Publications, 2001)
  • SAMBUHAY (Society of St. Paul, Manila, Philippines)
  • The Living Word (Redemptorist Publications, England)