Also known (in the English-language liturgical books) as the "Opening Prayer," a formal prayer, usually addressed to the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit, by which the introductory rites are brought to a close and the assembly is prepared for the Liturgy of the Word.
-Catholic Dictionary, Stravinskas
This Sunday we'll all likely be so busy concentrating on "and with your spirit," and not embarrassing ourselves during the Creed, that it may be easy to miss the beautifully reworded prayers. The Collects are wonderful examples, and to help you prepare for Mass we'll be posting the Collect for each day of Advent.
Without giving too much away here, just listen on Sunday as your priest asks God that we "run forth" to meet Christ. (What a great image!) We hope you enjoy these posts and we are praying that all our readers have a very blessed Advent season.
And please remember to pray for your priest! We have a few changes, but he has quite a few more.