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Barnabas and Saul. Now about that time Herod thé king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the fword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.
The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 20.
with her fons, worshipping him, and deliring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wile thou? She faith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may fit, the one on thy right hand, the other on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask.
ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I fhall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptifm that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able, And he faith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to fit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it fhall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the iwo brethren. Buc Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it fhall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minil, ter, and to give his life a ranfom for many.
$t. Bartholomew the Apostle.
The Collect. O and
thine Apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach thy Word: Grant, we beseech thee, unco
St. BartholonezHe is recorded by the ancients to have preached the gospel in the Greater Armenia, and to have converted the Lycaonians to Christianity:-Chrys. in xii. Apoft. Others say he preached to the Albanians, a people upon the Caspian Sea.--Hier.de Script. Eccl. Origen
thy church, to love that Word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same, through Jesus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
The Epifle. Act v. 12. Y the hands of the Apostles were many signs and
wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. And of the reft durft no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) Insomuch that they brought forth the fick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerufalem, bringing fick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean fpirits:and they were healed everyone.
The Gospel. St. Luke xxii. 24.
them should be accounted the greatest. And be faid unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordthip over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye fhall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth ferve. and Socrates write, that he preached likewise in India.- Orig. in Gen. lib. iii. Socr. lib. i. cap. 15. But that he preached the golpel in the Indies, is a truth which is moft evidently confirmed by the teltimony of Pantænus, the famous Christian philofopher, who was master of the Christian univers fity at Alexandria, about the year 180, but resolving to take upon him the office of a missionary, went and preached the gospel in India, and after fome time returning home safe to Alexandria, he made this report concerning his mission; that he found in the hands of some of the Indians St. Matthew's gofpel in Hebrew, which was brought among them by St. Bartholomew, and that the original book was kept among them to that day.-Euseb. Hift. Eccl. lib. v. cap 10. Some more modern authors relate, That he was crucified, like St. Peter, with his head downwards; others, that he was fead live; which last account is most probable, crucifixion being a Roman punifhment; and since it is not recorded, that he ever returned from among the barbarous Indians, excoriation was a death which was most likely to be inflicted by the rude cruelty of those favages.
The Collect] This prayer for the zeal of the church was composed originally by Gregory, and improved in 1662. Before that time it ran thus: "To preach that which he taught;" these words were altered, because there is no writing of his extant. The introitus was pfalm cxv.
I'or whether is greater, he that fitreth at meat, or he that ferveth? is not he that fitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that ferveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and fit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
St. Matthew the Apostle.
The Colle 87.
Matthew from the receipt of custom, to be an Aposile and Evangelift: Grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires, 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 Epifle. 2 Cor. iv. 1.
have received mercy, we faint not; but have reSt. Matthew] This Apoftle wrote the gospel which bears his naine, about eight years after Christ's afcenfion, (Euleb. in Chron.) just before the Apoilles dispersed themselves, to go to preach the gospel in foreign parts. He undertook this work at the intreaty of the converted Jews in Palestine, who being desirous to have some memoirs of our Saviour's life left with them, that they might have recourse to in the Apostle's abfence; St. Matthew, complying with this their desire, wrote this excellent gospel which we now have in our hands. He wrote his gospel in the vulgar Hebrew or Syriack, as all antiquities do agree.-Eufeb. Hift. Eccl. lib. vi. Iren. lib. iii. cap. 1. Epiph. Hær. xxix. and lvii. S. Cyr. Catech.
And it should seem that all ile Apostles took a copy of it with them when they went to travel.-Eufeb. lib. v. cap. 10. And Athanasius says, that the Greek transation we have thereof was made by Jacobus Minor bishop of Jerusalem, and our Lord's brother.-Athan.in Synop. He was a man of extraordinary abstinence, his only food being pulse, berries, and coleworts, without any flesh, (Clem. Alex. Pæd. lib. ii. cap. 1;) by which great abstemiousness, when he had brought his stomachinto diforder, he was persuaded by St. Paul to drink a little wine which he had totally abitained from before Chryf. upon 1 Tim. V. 23. The province allotted for his preaching the gospel, as ancient writers relate, was Æthiopia, (Orig. in Gen. lib. iii. Socrat. lib. i. cap. 15) from whence we do not read that he ever returned, but probably fuffered martyrdom there.
The Colle? This prayer against covetoufness was composed 1549. The introitus was plalm cxyü.
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
Custom] 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 Epiftle. Rev. xii. 7. "HERE was war in heaven: Michael and his angels
fought against the dragon; and the dragon foughe and his 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 onto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabicers 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 set 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 fame is greatest in the kingdom of the heaven. And whoso Mall receive one such little child in my Name, receiveth me. But whoso Mall 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 Collell] This prayer for the protection of angels was adopted 1549, from the Sac. of Greg. The introitus was plalm cxiii.