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COLLECTS AND HYMNS.
SAINT ANDREW'S DAY.
COLLECT. 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; 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.
Who leads the glorious company,
The Apostles' sainted band ?
The holy ANDREW stand.
He first the promised Saviour sought
Within his low abode;
The Christ and Lamb of God.
And he, among the first, the call
To tend his Lord obeyed; Forsook his ship, his home, his all;
And followed where he led.
“ Fisher of men,” by night, by day,
His ready toils he set;
Within the Gospel net.
Nor scrupled he to yield his breath,
By many a labor tried,
By which his Master died.
And now his name with service meet,
Leads on the sacred year,
Bp. MANT, SAINT THOMAS'S DAY.
COLLECT. Almighty and everlasting God, wlio 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 forevermore. Amen.
I HEAR the glorious Sufferer tell,
And all the powers beneath;
Attempts his triumphs in a song; “ How has the serpent lost his sting, and where's thy victory,
But when he shows his hand and heart,
He sets my soul on fire;
Not the beloved John could rest
With more delight upon that breast, Nor Thomas pry into those wounds with more intense de
Kindly he opens me his ear,
And tell him all my pains.
In every woe he bears a part, His arms embrace me, and his hand my drooping head sus tains.
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,
Which round the Sun of glory shine ;
A holier radiance, John, than thine.
Apostle thou of Christ the Lord;
Prophet of scenes to come decreed;
Martyr in will, if not in deed.
Yet by another name we deem
Thy claim to high renown approved,
Disciple, by thy Master loved."