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light of thy Gospel to shine throughout the
world ;”— Here we state,– 1. That God's Gospel is light. 2 Tim. i. 10; John, i.
4-9; ii. 19-21; 2 Cor. iv. 4-6; Luke, ii. 30–32. 2. That this light He has caused to shine throughout
the world. John, iii. 19-21; Isa. Ix. 1-3; Matt. iv. 16; Col. i. 23; Eph. v. 8–14; Luke, i. 78, 79;
iv. 18. 3. That this He did at first by the preaching of Saint
Paul particularly. Rom. x. 18; xv. 19; Acts, xiv.
27; xv. 3; Col. i. 23. 4. That this Saint Paul was a blessed Apostle of God.
Acts, xxvi. 16-20; 1 Cor. ix. l; Rom. i. 1, 5, 15,
16; Acts, ix. 15; 1 Cor. xv. 9; Gal. i. 17; ii. 8, 9. The Petition is :
“Grant, we beseech thee, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may shew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same by following the holy doctrine which he
taught ;”— We state or imply here, 1. That the conversion of St. Paul was a wonderful
conversion. Acts, ix. 1-20; xxvi. 12-15. 2. That this wonderful conversion should ever be had
in our remembrance. Ps. lxxvii, 11-14; cxi. 2-4;
2 Pet. i. 12-15; Job, xxxvi. 21; Isa. xliv. 21, 22. 3. That this conversion should not only be matter of
remembrance, but of thankfulness also; thankfulness should be shewn unto God for the same. Gal. i. 23, 24; Phil. i. 3, 4; Col. i. 3-5; 2 Thess.
ii. 13; Luke, xv. 6, 10; Acts, xv. 3. 4. That this thankfulness should be shewn, not in our
lips only, but in our lives, by our following the
The Conclusion is :
“through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” As before.
the world ?
The Purification of the Virgin Mary.
A PRAYER FOR PURE AND CLEAN HEARTS.
The Invocation is :
“ Almighty and ever-living God,”— And contains no further statement. The Petition is (reaching to the end of the Collect):
“We humbly beseech thy majesty, that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen." In the first clause of this Petition we declare, 1. That God's only-begotten Son Jesus Christ was presented before God. Rev. xx. 11, 12; Matt.
presented in the temple on this day; i.e. as on
this day, or on a day to which this answers. 2. That this presentation was in substance of our
flesh; i.e. in a substantial or bodily form, and that form the form of a man like ourselves. Luke, ii. 22-24, 30; Hag. ii. 6–9; Mal. iii. 1; Gal. iv. 4, 5; Heb. i. 1-3 ; John, i. 14; 1 Tim. iii. 16 ; 1 John, i.
1, 2. In the second clause it is implied,
1. That we shall all of us in like manner be one day
xxv. 31, 32; Rom. xiv. 10-12; 2 Cor. v. 10. 2. That we want, in order to be ready for such presen
tation, pure and clean hearts. Ps. xxiv. 3, 4 ; xv.; Matt. v. 8; Ps. li. 10; lxvi. 18, 19; Matt. xxiii. 27;
Heb. ix. 13, 14; 1 John, i. 7; 1 Pet. i. 22. 3. That He who can alone so present us is this same
Jesus Christ, God's Son and our Lord. Rev. i.
Supplementary Questions. What was done with God's only begotten Son on this
day? Why was this done? In conformity to what law ? What took place at the time? In what form was He presented ? What is the meaning of “substance ?” What of “flesh” here? Do we need any kind of presentation before God ? In what way do we need to be presented ? From what do our hearts need cleansing and purifica
tion ? By what instrumentality must this be done ? By whom only can we be presented in this manner to
Saint Matthias' Day.
A PRAYER THAT THE CHURCH MAY BE PRESERVED FROM FALSE, AND GUIDED BY FAITHFUL, PASTORS.
The Invocation is :
“O Almighty God, who into the place of the traitor Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve
Apostles;"Here, after invoking God as “ Almighty,” we have it de
clared or implied, 1. That the Apostles, properly so called, were in num.
ber twelve. Luke, vi. 13; Matt. x. 1, 2, 2. That amongst that number was a traitor, Judas by
name. Matt. x. 4; Luke, vi. 16; Matt. xxvi. 14-16; 47–50; Mark, xiv. 10, 11, 21, 43-46; Luke, xxii. 3-6, 47, 48; John, xii. 4-6; xiii. 2, 27-30 ; xviü.
2,3-6; Acts, i. 15–19. 3. That when this Judas departed from this company
his place was filled by another named Matthias.
Matt. xxvii. 3-5; Acts, i. 15-18, 21-26. 4. That this Matthias was chosen to this place by God
Himself, and was a faithful servant of God. Acts,
i. 24-26. The Petition is :
“ Grant that thy Church, being always preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors ;”—