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The form of short prayer known as the collect is distinctive to the western liturgical tradition. Its earliest form can be traced to 5th-century CE Rome, where it is the opening prayer of the Mass. It continues to fulfill this function in contemporary eucharistic practice, both Roman Catholic and Protestant. What evidence we have about the appearance…

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Nichols, Bridget, “Collects”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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