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Saint Audrew's Day.
A PRAYER FOR GRACE TO GIVE OURSELVES UP AT
ONCE TO GOD.
The Invocation is :
“ Almighty God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus
Christ, and followed him without delay;"— Here, after invoking God as “Almighty,” we state,1. That St. Andrew was one of His holy Apostles.
Luke, vi. 13, 14; Matt. x. 2; Acts, i. 13. 2. That he was called by His Son Jesus Christ. Matt.
iv. 18, 19; Mark, i. 16, 17; John, i. 35-42. 3. That he obeyed the call, and that readily, following
Jesus without delay. Matt. iv. 20; Mark, i. 18. 4. That all this was through grace bestowed upon him
by God. John, vi. 44; Cant. i. 4; John, i. 12, 13;
xvii. 6–8; 1 Cor. xv. 10; Gal. i. 15, 16; Phil. ii. 13. The Petition is :
“Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy Word, may forthwith give up ourselves
obediently to fulfil thy holy commandments ;”— Herein we also state 1. That we are all of us also called of God. Prov. i. 20-24; Matt. xi. 28–30; xxii. 1-14; Rom. x. 8,
17, 18. 2. That our call is by or through God's holy Word.
Jam. i. 18; 1 Pet. i. 23; Mark, xvi. 15; Acts, v. 20. 3. That this call is to an obedient fulfilment of God's
holy commandments. 1 Thess. iv. 7 ; 2 Tim. i. 9; Luke, vi. 46-49 ; Jam. i. 22; Matt. xix. 17; 1 John, ii. 3 ; Deut. viii. 11; Acts, xvii. 30; Numb. xv. 40;
xiv. 24; Ps. cxix. 59, 60. 4. That we ought at once to yield to this call, but that
we also require the grace of God to assist us. Zech. iv. 6; John, v. 40; xv. 5 ; Acts, xvi. 14; 2 Tim. iv. 17.
For which, therefore, we here offer our prayer. The Conclusion is :
" through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” As before.
Supplementary Questions, (To be used in addition to the General Questions for
Saints' Days given in Part I.) What do we here say that Saint Andrew was ? What do we mean by “ Apostle ?”. What is the meaning of the word “ Saint ?” To whom is that word commonly applied in the Scrip
tures ? Is it wrong, then, to give such a title to the Apostles of
our Lord ? If others are called Saints, may not they with much
greater reason be so styled ?
How did he answer to the call ?
žaint Thomas the Apostle.
A PRAYER FOR A PERFECT FAITH IN THE
SON OF GOD.
The Invocation is :
“ Almighty and ever-living God, who, for the more confirmation of the faith, didst suffer thy holy Apostle Thomas to be doubtful in thy
Son's resurrection ;"Here, after addressing God as “Almighty and ever-living,”
we state, 1. That Thomas was a holy Apostle of God. Matt. x. 3; 4. That the reason why God suffered this was for the
Mark, ii. 18; Luke, vi. 15; Acts, i. 13; John, xi. 16. 2. That this Thomas was doubtful in the matter of the
resurrection of the Son of God. John, xx. 24–29. 3. That this was of, i.e. from, God, who in His wisdom
suffered it for wise and good ends. Rom. viii. 28; 2 Cor. v. 18; 1 Cor. iv, 7; Rom. xi. 36.
more confirmation of the faith; i.e, that faith might have a stronger assurance to rest upon, when it is seen that the doubting Thomas was afterwards fully convinced. 1 John, i. 1-4; John, xx. 30, 31; Acts, ii. 31, 32; Phil. i. 12; 1 Cor. xv. 3-8, 12-20;
Rom. viii. 34; Heb. x. 22. The Petition is :
“Grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt, to believe in thy Son Jesus Christ, that our
faith in thy sight may never be reproved ;" — Here is implied, 1. That belief in God's Son Jesus Christ is also re
quired of us. 1 John, iii. 23 ; v. 10; John, xiv. 1;
iii. 36. 2. That our faith should be a faith needing no reproof;
to which end it is necessary that it be perfect, and without all doubt. Matt. viii. 23-26, 5-10, cfd.; Gen. xii. 10_13; Dan. vi. 23; Matt. xiv. 28-31;
xv. 28; xvii. 14-20; xxvi. 35, 69-75; Heb. xi. 3. That to do this we must have grace granted us by
God, without which we, too, shall be found wanting. 1 Cor. iv. 7; Phil. i. 29; Luke, xvii. 5; Mark, ix.
24; Heb. xii. 2. The Conclusion is :
“ Hear us, O Lord, through the same Jesus Christ; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for
evermore. Amen.” Which Conclusion, though varying a little in terms from
previous forms, has in substance been examined before. See Nos. IV. and XXII.
Supplementary Questions. To which of the holy Apostles does this Collect relate ? In what matter is this Thomas here said to have been
doubtful ? What do we mean by“ doubtful ?" How came this about ? Wherefore did God suffer Thomas to be thus doubtful ? What do we mean by “confirmation ?” What by “the more confirmation of the faith ?” In what way could the doubtings of Saint Thomas tend
to this end ? Is belief in this Son of God required of us now? In what way ought we now to believe in the Son of God,
Jesus Christ? Wherefore is it necessary that this should be the charac
ter of our faith? From whom must we seek grace to exemplify such a
faith? What will such a faith ultimately lead to ?
A PRAYER FOR GRACE TO FOLLOW THE HOLY
DOCTRINES TAUGHT BY ST. PAUL.
The Invocation is :
"O God, who through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Saint Paul, hast caused the