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A thought on “The Collect for Purity”

November 13, 2016

Today I was reading the Collect for Purity in the French language 1928 BCP, and it renders the phrase “cleanse the thoughts of our hearts” this way: sanctifie les pensées de nos cœurs.  Note the word used in place of “cleanse”, sanctifie, literally means “sanctify”: “set apart”, “consecrate” or “purify”.  It actually adds a different level of meaning to that word “cleanse” – we are asking God to sanctify the thoughts of our hearts.

That is indeed a worthwhile thing to ask of the Lord: that He will set apart and make holy the thoughts of our hearts.  I suppose the word “cleanse” certainly includes this meaning as well, but for some reason today “sanctify” added a deeper meaning.

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