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Dounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves 10 every man's conscience in the fight of God. But if our Gospel be hid, it is bid to them that are loft: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, left the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, thould shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' 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. Matt. ix. 9.
he faith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and fol. lowed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus fat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and finners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need por a pbysician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am come not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
St. Michael and all Angels.
the services of Angels and men in a wonderful order; Mercifully grant, that as thy holy Angels alway do Thee service in heaven; so by thy appointment they may
Cuftom] That is, receiving the toll or tribute due to the Romans upon fhips navigating the sake of Genefaret, on which Capernaum was situated.
St. Michael] This festival is celebrated by the church, in thankfulness to God for the benefits we received by the ministry of the holy angels: mal because St. Michael is recorded in fcripture as an angel of great power
fuccour and defend us on earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rev. xii. 7. "HERE was war in heaven: Michael and his angels
fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and bis angels, and prevailed not; neither was their 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 fal. vation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power
of his Christ: 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 teitimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the in habiters of the earth and of the fea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
The Gospel. St. Matt. xviii. 1.
Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and fet him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye fhall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whofoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of the heaven. And whoso Mall receive one such little child in my Name, receiveth me. But whoso llall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the and dignity, and as presiding and watching over the church of God, with a particular vigilance and application, (Dan. X. 13) and triumphing over the devil, (Rev. xii. 7; Jude ix.) it therefore bears his name.
The Collect] This prayer for the protection of angels was adopted 1549, from the Sac. of Greg. The introitus was pfalm cxiii.
depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of of. fences! for it must need be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cur them off, and cast them 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 of. fend 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-fire. 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.
St. Luke the Evangelift.
whose praise is in the Gospel, to be an Evangelist and Physician of the soul; May it please thee, that by
St. Luke] This Evangelift wrote his gospel about seven years after his conjunction with St. Paul, whom he never left till his death. He is recorded to have written this excellent work in Achaia and Bæotia, whilst St. Paul ftaid there, which was in the year of Christ 58. Hier. Præf. Met. He is faid to have written his Gospel to hinder the faithful from being poisoned by the heretical relations of the Corinthians, a very early race of heretics sprung up in the church —Epith. Hær. li. He wrote his book of The Acts of the Apostles about three years after, in the fifth year of Nero, and of Christ 61. There has been a general tradition concerning this saint, that he was not only a physician,
but an eminent painter in his time; that he painted the Virgin Mary, (Niceph. lib. xiv. cap. 2) St. Peter and Paul, ibid. lib. ii. cap. 23; and (if we credit Metaphraftes) our Saviour himself.—Metap. in xviii. O&ob. How St. Luke disposed of himself after St. Paul's martyrdom at Rome, is not so very certain : Epiphanius says he preached in Dalmatia, in Gaul, Italy, and Macedonia.-Epiph. Hær. li. Others affirm, that when he left Rome, he returned into the East, and that from thence he went to preach in Africa, and that he converted the Thebans to the faith.-@cum. in Lucam. That he at last suffered martyrdom, the best authors of antiquity allow.–Nazianz. i. Orat. in Jul. Gaudent. Tract. de. ded. Bafil. The later Greek writers relate his death with more particularities, saying, that he was crucified or nailed to the branches of an olive tree, there not being upon the place dry wood sufficient to make a cross for him to suffer on.- Niceph. lib. ii. cap. 42.
The Collect] This prayer for spiritual health was composed in 1549. The introitus was pfalm cxxxvii.
the wholesome 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.
, ministry. 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 that day; and not to me only, but unto 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 Galatia, Titus uinto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works : of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.
The Gospel. St. Luke x. 1. 'HE Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them
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
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 salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the
Reward] Spoken either prophetically, viz. will reward; or authorie tatively as an apoftle, denouncing on Alexander bodily diseases, for just reasons, and to reclaim him from his fin: a denunciation suggested by the impulse of the spirit.
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 his hire.
St. Simon and St. Jude Apostles.
The Colle ET.
the foundation of thy Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the head corner-stone; Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine,
St. Simon and St. Judet. There are two faints commemorated by the church this day. The firit is Simon, surnamed “ The Canaanite,” Mat. X. 4; and Zelotes, Luke vi. 15; Acts i. 13; which two names are the fame, for the Hebrew word canaan signifies a zelot. There was a feat of men called zelots, about the time of Christ, in Judea, who, out of pretended zeal for God's honour, would commit the most grievous outrages; they would choose and ordain high-priests out of the bafest of the people, and murder men of the principal dignity.-Jofeph. Bell. Jud. lib. iv. cap. II, 12. It is probable that Simon, before his conversion and call, might be one of this sect; or, however, some fire and fierceness in his temper gave occasion for his being called the Zelot. He was one of the twelve Apostles, and kin to our blessed Lord; either his half-brother, being one of Joseph's fons by another wife, as all the Greek fathers contend, or coulin by his mother's side. Most certain this is that Simon which is meant, Matt. xiii
. 55, “ Are not his brethren, James, and Jotes, and Simon, and Judas?" There is a tradition, that it was at his marriage in Cana of Galilee that our Saviour was present.-Niceph. lib. viii. cap. 3c, After our Saviour's afcenfion, he is recorded to have preached the gospel in Mesopotamia, (Hier.in Ep. ad Gal. cap. iv. and cont. Helo.) that he preached likewise in Ægypt and Africa is related by others, Itd. de vit. and obit. Sanct. And (if we may credit Nicephorus, a later writer) that he extended his million as far as Britain.-Niceph. lib. ii. 40. He fuffered martyrdom in Perlia.
Jude the other apostle, whose memory is this day observed, was one of the twelve apostles, brother to James, (Jude i.) and therefore bore the same relation with him to our Saviour. He was the same Judas mentioned in the verse before cited, “ Are not his brethren, James, and Jofes, and Simon, and Judas?" He had two surnames, one was Thaddæus, which which does not seem to be more than a diminutive or small alteration of Judas, and is derived from the same root in Hebrew as Judas is. Labbæus is derived from a word in the Hebrew which signifies heart, and is as much as corculum, or little heart. He preached the gospel with his brother in Mesopotamia, Arabia, and Idumea, &c.—Niceph. Hift. lib. ii. cap. 4. He fuffered martyrdom at Berytus.
The Collect] This prayer for unity of spirit was composed in 1549. The introitus was psalm cl.