The Missing Collect for St Jerome’s Day

For some totally inexplicable reason, St Jerome, one of the four great Doctors of the Western Church, is only granted a Commemoration in our Common Worship Calendar, not even a Lesser Festival, so does not have specific Collects or readings provided for him. We are supposed to use the generic ones for a Teacher of the Faith, or stick with the ones for the temporale, which gives us this week a wonderful Collect based delightfully in words of St Augustine. Perhaps one of my liturgy geek friends can explain why Jerome gets such a poor deal. Meanwhile here is a Collect from Another Place that you could use…

O God, who gave the Priest Saint Jerome a living and tender love for Sacred Scripture, grant that your people may be ever more fruitfully nourished by your Word and find in it the fount of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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