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Be ours to inark His portrait fair
Whom thy recording pencil drew;
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.
may our faith, blest Saint, like thine
“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.
Or armed in his station wait
Whether in his lonely course,
(Lonely, not forlorn) he stay, Or with love's supporting force
Cheat the toil and cheer the way; Leave it all in his high hand, Who doth hearts as streams command.
Gales from heaven, if so he will,
Sweeter melodies can wake, On the lonely mountain rill,
Than the meeting waters make. Who hath the Father and the Son May be left, — but not alone.
Sick or healthful, slave or free,
Wealthy, or despised and poor, What is that to him or thee,
So his love to Christ endure ? When the shore is won at last, Who will count the billows past ?
Only, since our souls will shrink
At the touch of natural grief, When our earthly loved ones sink,
Lend us, Lord, thy sure relief;
*“The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord as the rivers of water; he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Prod.
SAINT MATTHIAS'S DAY.
COLLECT. 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; grant that thy Church, being always preserved from false apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Who is God's chosen priest ?
From Jordan banks to Bethphage height;
Who hath learned lowliness
and hearts consent to bless; To whom, for Christ, the world is loss ;
Who both in agony
Body and soul to live and die,
In witness of his Lord,
Warring unharmed with sin and fear.
But who can e'er suffice
The gift were too divine to ask,
But thou hast made it sure
A GOOD PRIEST.
Give me the priest these graces
Bp. KENN. * James the Less.
SAINT PHILIP AND SAINT JAMES'S DAY.
COLLECT. O Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life; grant 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 Saint Philip and Saint James, we may steadfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
HOLY Jesus, Saviour blest
Holy Jesus, when the night
Holy Jesus, when our power