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No. LXVIII.

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 ?
By whom was Saint Andrew called ?
What was he before his calling ?
In what engaged when called ?
Where was he called, and who with him ?

How did he answer to the call ?
What enabled him to do this ?
Are we also called of God ?
By what agency or means ?
To fulfil what are we now called ?
Wherein are God's holy commandments contained ?
In what manner should this call be attended to by us ?
What is the meaning of “forthwith ?”
What do we require to enable us to do this ?

No. LXIX.

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 ?

No. LXX.
The Conversion of Saint Paul.

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

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