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He first the promised Saviour sought
And he, among the first, the call
"Fisher of men," by night, by day,
Intent to close his captive prey
Nor scrupled he to yield his breath,
And die, with willing mind, the death
And now his name with service meet,
SAINT THOMAS'S DAY.
COLLECT. Almighty and everlasting God, who for the more confirmation of 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, in whose name we ascribe unto thee all honor and glory, now and for evermore. Amen.
I hear the glorious Sufferer tell,
"How has the serpent lost his sting, and where 's thy victory, death?”
But when he shows his hands and heart,
Not the beloved John could rest
With more delight upon that breast, Nor THOMAS pry into those wounds with more intense desire.
Kindly he opens me his ear,
And bids me pour my sorrow there,
Thus while I ease my burdened heart,
His arms embrace me, and his hand my drooping head sustains,
SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST'S DAY.
COLLECT. Merciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy church, that it, being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed apostle and evangelist Saint 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.
Among the planets heavenly bright,
A holier radiance, JOHN, than thine.
Apostle thou of Christ the Lord;
Prophet of scenes to come decreed;
Yet by another name we deem
Be ours to mark His portrait fair
To his divine commandments true;
To note thy life; to see thee fling
The beams of sacred truth abroad;
And view unblamed the throne of God.
And may our faith, blest Saint, like thine
Disciples by our Master loved.”
Peter, seeing him, saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. John xxi. 21, 22.
"Lord, and what shall this man do?”.
Ask'st thou, Christian, for thy friend?
Christ hath told thee of his end.