Nothing at all to do with money!   See collection for this!   No, a collect is a prayer.   The Church of England divides the year into seasons and allocates appropriate Scripture readings (known, in the Book of Common Prayer, as lessons) for each Sunday and also a prayer, known as “the collect of the day”.   Those that appear in the Book of Common Prayer and, modernised, in Common Worship are largely the work of Cranmer.   Most of them are structured to begin with a statement of a particular attribute of God, which is then developed into a petition appropriate to the day, linked to the lessons for the day.   In addition to their use in public worship, they form a valuable resource for the prayers of the individual Christian.

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