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appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdoing and fit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Jiracl.
Saint Matthew the Apostle.
Matthew from the receipt of custom, to be an Apostle and Evangeliit ; Grant us grace to forsake all covetous defires, and inordinate love of riches, and to follow the same thy son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. 2 Cor. iv, 1.
ceived mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftinefs, nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifeftation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's confcience in the fight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are loft: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, left she light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus
P A P A P H R A SE.
On the COLLECT for Saint Mariber ebe Apoftle. O Almighty God, who by the mouth of thy blessed Son, when he dwelt upon earth, didit call St Matthew from his office of gathering the customs, for which he had a congderable income, unto the apostleship whereby he was exposed to poverty and to many great diftrefles; grant that we may learn by his example, to forsake all covetous deftres, and inordinate attachment to the riches and pleasures of this world, and to part with every thing that is unlawful or hurtful to our souls, in order to follow our blessed Saviour now he his asccaded into heaven, where he liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost in unity of essence, to ali eternity. Amen.
fake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ. The Gospel. St Matth. ix. g.
9. ND as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man
named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of cuftom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pafs, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and Ginners came, and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees faw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eatech your master with publicans and finners ? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice; for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Saint Micbael and all Angels.
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the services of angels and men in a wonderful order; Mercifully grant, chat as thy holy Angels alway do thee fervice in heaven; so by thy appointment they may succour and defend us on earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For sbe Epistle. Rev. xii. 7.
was war in heaven : Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon fought and
PA RA P H R AS E.
On the COLLECT for St Michael and all Angels. O eternal God, who haft confituted the various orders of created beings, in a wonderful subordination to each other, which in their respective turns, do pay thee the service which chou doft require from each of them; we beseech race of thy great mercy to grant, that as the holy angels stand always before thy throne in readiness to execute thy commands, fo thou wouldelt be pleased to charge them to defend and protect us thy poor fervaats here upon çarth. Amen,
his angels; and prevailed not, neither was there place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice, saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Chrift: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Wo to the inhabiters of the earth, and of the sea : for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
The Gospel. St Matth. xviii. 1.
Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jelus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye
be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the came is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my Name, receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a milftone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Wo unto the world because of offences : for it must needs be that offences come ; bur wo to that man by whom the offence cometh. Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast thein from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee : it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell-Gire. Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you,
that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
Saint Luke the Evangelift.
praise is in the Gospel, to be an Evangelist and Physician of the soul ; May it please thee, that by the wholsome medicines of the doctrine delivered by 'him, all the diseases of our souls may be healed, through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Epistle. 2 Tim. iv. 5.
5 ATCH thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the
work of an Evangelist, make full proof of thy miniftry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at chat day : and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica ; Crescens to Galaţia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychiçus have I sent to Ephesus. The cloke that I left at Troas with Çarpus, when thou comest,
PA RA PHRASE.
On the COLLECT for Saint Luke the Evangelis. O Almighty God, who wast pleased to appoint Luke, that beloved physician, mentioned (Col. iv. 14.) and whole praise is said to be in the gospel, (2 Cor. viii, 18.) to be, by writing his evangelical history, a Ipiritual physician to heal the fouls of men; we increat thee to grant that by the faletary truths and doctrines contained in his facred book, our fins, those diseases of our souls, may be cured, and the conduct of our lives reformed; and this we ask for the sake of the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parch
Alexander the copper-Smith did me much evil : the Lord reward him according to his works. Of whom bę thou ware also, for he hath greatly withstood our words.
The Gospel. St Luke x. I.
two and two before his face into every city and place whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto <them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would fend forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways, behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes, and falure no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it : if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire.
Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles.
foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Chrift himself being the head corner-stone; Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made an holy temple acceptable unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.
PA RA P H R AS E.
On the COLLECT for Saint Simon and Saint Jade, O all-powerful God, who hak erected thy church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Chrift himfelf being the chief corner fone, (Eph. ii, 20.) grant that by the efficacy of the do&rine by them delivered, we may be joined in the unity of the spirit, (Epb. iv. 3.) and in the profession of the same catholic doctrine, that we may be made the temple of the living. God, (2 Cor. vi, 16.) and that we may present our bodies a living facrifice, holy and acceptable to him, (Rom. xii. 1.) this We pray for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.