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greater Advantage. Therefore with ’Angels and
For the doing God's
Earth as it
their Faces as not being able to behold the Brightis done in ness of thy Majesty, and who delight in their AtHeaven. tendance upon thole Ministries whereunto thou hast
appointed them; I thy unworthy Creature proftrate myself in all Humility at thy Footstool, beseeching thee to give me Grace to do thy Will on Earth with the fame Diligence and Industry, with the same Zeal and Chcarfulness, as thy bleffed Angels do it in Heaven ; that imitating their exemplary Obedience, constant Devotion, profound Humility, unspotted Purity, and extenlive Charity, I may engage their Protection in all my Necellities; and may particularly enjoy the Advantage of their Alistance in my last Hour, in that dismal Conflict with Death and the Powers of Darkness; and being by them conducted to the Mantions of Glory, may be advanced to a more intimate and happy Society with them in the Life to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ET a Guard, O Lord, upon my Lips, that I
offend not with my Tongue. Let Prudence and Circumspection always attend to shut out such Discourses as border the leaft upon Evil-speaking. That I may be tender of the Reputation of my Neighbour, and never diminish his good Name by spreading any evil Reports concerning him: That
the Deformity of his Body, and the Weakness of his Mind, may never be the Subject of my light Mirth. That' I may never encourage Backbiters, by listening to their Suggestions, and by giving Credit to their Slanders. Thou hast given me a Tongue that I might praife thee, and that I might influence others to bless thy holy Name. O let this be the main Employment of that noble Gift, that my Words may chiefly aim at promoting thy Glory ; either to foften the Pains of the Amicted; to vindicate the Reputation of my Neighbour, whenever I hear it injured; to unite the Minds of those that are at Variance, or to instruct those that know thee not enough ; and to entertain all the World, O God, with thy Greatness, and thy Goodness; to enflame all Hearts with thy Love, to provoke them to praise thee, to bless thee, to glorify thee; that I may one Day mingle my Praises with those of thy Elect in Glory, through Jesus Chrift. Amen.
Saint Luke the evangelist, October 18. &WHAI
HAT Festival does the Church celebrate ibis
A. The Name was at first given to those that preached the Gospel; but afterwards it was confined to those four, that writ the History of the Life and Preaching of our Saviour Jesus Christ; whose four Gospels make Part of the sacred Canon of Scripture. Q. Where was the Place of St. Luke's Nativity?
Fufeb. lib. 3. C. 4:
Atts xi. 26.
A. Antioch, the Metropolis of Syria, pleasant for its Situation, fertile for its Soil, rich by its Traffic, famous for Learning and Civility; and above all, renowned for this one peculiar Honour, that here it was that the Disciples of Jesus were first called Christians.
Q. What was his particular Profession?
Ą. That of Physic; an Art in those Days ge
nerally managed by Persons of no better Rank Grot. Se- than Servants; which made Grotius conceive that eun. Luc. St. Luke, though a Syrian by Birth, was a Servant
at Rome, where he sometimes practised Physic, and when made free, returned into his own Country.
Q. What orber Skill was he famous for besides Physic?
A. Painting; and there are some Pieces still in being, pretended to have been drawn by his own Hand; but I believe it will be somewhat difficult to prove them true Originals of our Evangelift.
Q. Was St. Luke one of the Seventy Disciples ?
A. Some of the Ancients thought he was, and
that he deserted our Saviour upon the unwelcome John vi. Discourse he made to his Disciples; but was after
wards recalled by St. Paul. And upon no better Ground it is said, he was one of the two Disciples going to Emmaus; for, besides the Silence of Scripture, St. Luke seems to contradict it himself,
by confeffing he was not from the Beginning an Luke i. 2. Eye-witness and Minister of the Word. Most proba
ble it is, he was converted by St. Paul during his Abode at Antioch.
Q. How did be, bestowe bis Labours after his Conversion ?
A. He became an inseparable Companion and
Fellow-labourer of St. Paul in the Ministry of the AAs xri. Gospel; especially after St. Paul's going into Ma
cedonia; from which Time in recording St. Paul's Travels, St. Luke always speaks of himself in his own Person,
Q. How did he endear himself to St. Paul?
A. By attending him in all his Dangers ; by being present with him in his several Arraignments at Jerusalem; by accompanying him in his hazardous Voyage to Rome ; where he served his Necessities, and supplied those ministerial Offices, which the Apostle's Confinement would not suffer him to discharge, especially in carrying Messages to those Churches, where he had planted Christi- 2 Tim. iv, anity; and in sticking to him when others for- "1. fook him.
Q. Where did St. Luke preach the Gospel ?
A. Some say he left St. Paul at Rome, and returned back into the East, and travelled into Ægypt, and the Parts of Lybia, where he converted many to Christianity, and took upon himself the Episcopal Charge of the City of Thebais ; though it is most probable he did not wholly leave St. Paul, till he finished his Course with Martyrdom.
Q. What Account do others give of his Labours ?
A. That he first preached in Dalmatia and Galatia, then in Italy and Macedonia ; where he fpared no Pains, declined no Dangers in the faithful Discharge of the Trust committed to him.
Q. About what Time, and in what Manner did be die?
A. The Ancients are not very well agreed about either : Some affirming him to die in Ægypt, others in Greece ; some in Bythania, others at Ephesus; some make him die a natural, others à violent, Death.
Q. What Account is given, of his Martyrdom?
4. That he successfully preached the Gospel in Greece ; till a Party of Infidels making Head against him, drew him to Execution; and for Want of a Crofs whereon to dispatch him, presently hanged him upon an Olive-tree, in the Eightieth
Year of his Age, though St. Jerome makes it the
Q. Ibere is his Body interred?
A. At Constantinople, whither it was removed by the Command of Constantine, or his Son Confiantills, and buried in the great Church built in the Memory of the Apostles.
Q. What Writings did he leave bebind bim?
A. His Gospel, and his History of the Aets of the Apostles, both dedicated to Tbeophilus.
Q. Who was ibis Theophilus?
A. Many of the Ancients supposed it to be a feigned Name, denoting no more than a Lover of God, a Title common to every Christian ; though. others, with better Reason, conclude it the proper Name of a particular Person ; especially since the Titlc of Moft excellent is attributed to him, the usual Form of Address in those Times to great Men. We may probably suppose him to have been some Magistrale, whom St. Luke had converted; to whom he dedicates these Books, not only as a
Testimony of Respect, but as a Means of giving Luke i. 4. him farther Assurance of those Things wherein be
had been infiru&ted.
Q. What may we learn from the Manner of these Dedications?
A. That in Addresses of this Nature, though Authors should not neglect the giving those Titles that are due to Men's different Qualities (as Mof
excellent seems to be given by St. Luke upon that nas xxiv. Account, it being the same Word in the Original,
which St. Paul applies to the Roman Governors Aas xxvi. Felix and Feltus), yet they should be very sparing
in personal Commendations, for fear of contracting the Guilt of Flatlery, so pernicious to themselves, as well as their Patrons.
Q. Wben imas St. Luke's Gafpel supposed to be
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