Prevent and follow us

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  1. I seem to recall hearinng another collect, or perhaps even earlier version of this one, that began “Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings….” (Can’t find in my collection of old and ancient BCPs, however.)

    • Scott Gunn says:

      It’s from the 1662 prayer book (and it’s also a Byrd anthem text):

      Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help: that in all our works begun continued, and ended in thee, we may glorifie thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtein everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.