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If it be the Feast of an
Apostle, Martyr, or
Assist us to follow Thy saints in overcoming sensuality by mortification, avarice by almsdeeds, anger by meekness, and lukewarmness by devotion.
Enable us to follow their prudence in our 'undertakings, their courage in danger, their patience in affliction, and their meekness in prosperity.
Grant that, like them, we may be punctual at our devotions, temperate at our meals, diligent in our employments, and constant in good resolutions; 1 We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord. And that Thou wouldst mercifully give us perseverance in Thy grace and holy service, and unite us for ever to Thyself with the blessed company of Thy saints and holy angels ;
We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
Then all say, OUR Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, U Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen. Here may be said the Prayer which is to be used when there is
Holy Communion (see Sunday Morning Prayers, page 11). Then he says the Collect for the particular Festival celebrated ;* and on the Saints' - Days which fall during the season of Advent or Lent, he here says the Prayers which are to be said at those seasons (see pages 48, 49).
* Collect for the Feast of St. Andrew. A LMIGHTY God who didst give such grace unto Thy holy apostle A St. Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of Thy Son Jesus
Then on all the Festivals, except those of Circumcision,
Epiphany, Purification, Annunciation, and St. Michael, he
here says the following Prayer: M OST gracious God, the author of sanctity and lover of N1 unity, whose wisdom hath established an admirable communion between the members of the same mystical body, whereof Thy Son Jesus Christ is head, we bless and praise Thy
Christ, and followed Him without delay; grant unto us all, that we being called by Thy holy word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfil Thy holy commandments; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of St. Thomas. A LMIGHTY and ever-living God, who for the more confirmation of A the faith didst suffer Thy holy apostle Thomas to be doubtful in Thy Son's resurrection ; 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. 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 ever. Amen.
For the Feast of St. Stephen. GRANT us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to imitate what we honour, U that we may also learn to love our enemies as we celebrate the Feast of Thy holy St. Stephen, who knew how to beseech, even for his persecutors, our Lord Jesus Christ, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
For the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. M ERCIFUL Lord, we beseech Thee to cast Thy bright beams of
W light upon Thy Church, that it being enlightened by the doctrine of Thy blessed apostle and evangelist St. John, may so walk in the light of Thy truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of the Holy Innocents. n GOD, whose praise the martyred Innocents confessed on this day, U not by speaking but by dying ; mortify all vices in us, that our life also may confess by actions the faith which our tongues proclaim ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of the Circumcision. ALMIGHTY God, who madest Thy blessed Son to be circumcised, A and obedient to the law for man ; grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit ; that our hearts and all our members being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may in all things obey Thy blessed will ; through the same Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
holy name for all Thy servants departed this life in Thy faith and fear. We celebrate with thankfulness the patient suffering and heroic devotion of Thy saints, who have glorified Thee in their lives and by their deaths. Grant, O Lord, that while we commemorate their noble deeds, and rejoice in the unspeakable happiness they now possess, we may ever remember, that in their passage out of this world we are most certainly to follow them. Oh, give us grace to prepare for our last hour by
For the Feast of the Epiphany.
begotten Son to the Gentiles ; mercifully grant that we, which know Thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of Thy glorious Godhead; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 'Amen.
For the Feast of St. Paul's Conversion. GOD, who didst teach the whole world by the preaching of blessed U Paul the apostle ; grant us, we beseech Thee, that we who this day celebrate his conversion may advance towards Thee by his example ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A LMIGHTY and ever-living God, we humbly beseech Thy majesty, A 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.
For the Feast of St. Matthias. ALMIGHTY God, who into the place of the traitor Judas didst J choose Thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve apostles ; grant that Thy Church, being alway preserved from false apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. CONFIRM, O Lord, in our minds, we beseech Thee, the mysteries
U of the true faith, that we who confess Him who was conceived of the Virgin to be true God and man, may be worthy to arrive at eternal joy by the power of His saving resurrection ; for the sake of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of St. Mark. D ALMIGHTY God, who hast instructed Thy holy Church with
the heavenly doctrine of Thy evangelist St. Mark; give us grace, that, being not like children carried away with every blast of vain doctrine, we may be established in the truth of Thy holy Gospel ; throu rh Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
a good life, that we may not be surprised by a sudden and unprovided death; but be ever watching, that when Thou shalt call, we also may enter with the Bridegroom into eternal glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
But if it be the Feast of Purification, Annunciation, or St.
Michael, he says the following Prayer instead of the foregoing: ALMIGHTY God, who hast knit together Thine elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical Body of
For the Feast of St. Philip and St. James.
us perfectly to know Thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life; that, following the steps of Thy holy apostles, St. Philip and St. James, we may stedfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life; through the same Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of St. Barnabas. LORD God Almighty, who didst endue Thy holy apostle Barnabas U with singular gifts of the Holy Ghost ; leave us not, we beseech Thee, destitute of Thy manifold gifts, nor yet of grace to use them alway to Thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of St. John Baptist. ALMIGHTY God, by whose providence Thy servant John Baptist A was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of Thy Son our Saviour, by preaching of repentance, make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preach. ing, and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth's sake ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of St. Peter. ALMIGHTY God, who by Thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to U Thy apostle St. Peter many excellent gifts, and commandest him earnestly to feed Thy flock; make, we beseech Thee, all bishops and pastors diligently to preach Thy holy word, and the people obediently to follow the same, that they may receive the crown of everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of St. James. CRANT, O merciful God, that as Thine holy apostle St. James, U leaving his father and all that he had, without delay, was obedient unto the calling of Thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed Him; so we, forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow Thy holy commandments ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thy Son; grant us grace so to follow the steps of Thy blessed saints, that we may finally attain unto Thy blissful heaven; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then he says the following Thanksgiving Prayer : ALMIGHTY God, who observest all the actions, thoughts,
and secret motions of our hearts, and who watchest over us with an incomparable love, every moment bestowing favours and shielding us from evil, blessed be Thy holy name: and
For the Feast of St. Bartholomew. A LMIGHTY everlasting God, who has granted us a holy joy on this A day in the festival of Thy blessed apostle Bartholomew ; grant to Thy Church, we beseech Thee, both to love what he believed and to preach what he taught ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of St. Matthew. 0 ALMIGHTY God, who by Thy blessed Son didst call Matthew U from the receipt of custom to be an apostle and evangelist; 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.
For the Feast of St. Michael. O GOD, who with wonderful order doth direct the ministry of angels
and men ; mercifully grant that our life on earth may be protected by those who ever minister before Thee in heaven ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of St. Luke. ALMIGHTY God, who calledst Luke the physician, whose praise is A in the Gospel, to be an evangelist, and physician of the soul, may it please Thee, that, by 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,
For the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude.
granted us to come to the knowledge of Thy name; grant that we may celebrate their eternal glory by making progress in virtue, and improve by this celebration; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Feast of All Saints. O LORD our God, multiply Thy grace upon us, and grant us in our U holy profession to follow the virtues of those blessed saints whose glorious festival we now celebrate; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.