A Collect for the Rising and Falling of Many

Son of Man, who was prophesied to save the people of Israel and all the earth, raise up those who are lowly and meek and in need and cast down the arrogant and greedy who do not love as you have loved, that your economy would fill the whole earth, and all would look to you as Lord and architect of all that we need and desire, though you who rules with justice and mercy. Amen. ‘ Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed–and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”‘ – Luke 2:34-35