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St. Matthew is the proported author of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, and may also have been referred to as Levi. The Gospels record that he was a tax-collector, which was a dubious position to hold as that meant one was a collaborator with the occupying Romans who were enriching themselves. Thus, it was quite scandalous to many Jews that Jesus should associate himself with a man such as Matthew.

At the Mass

The following is taken from:

The Introit

Antiphon: Psalm 37 The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom: and his tongue will be talking of judgment; the law of God is in his heart.

Verse: Ibid Fret not thyself because of the ungodly: neither be thou envious against the evildoers.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Repeat the Antiphon The mouth of the ...

The English Gradual: Part II - The Proper, Pages 157-161

The Collect

O Almighty God, who by thy blessed Son didst call Matthew 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 Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer (1962), Page 292

The Epistle
2 Corinthians 4. 1.

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 NIV KJV NRSV NASB RSV NKJV ESV

The Book of Common Prayer (1962), Page 293

Gradual and Alleluia

Psalm 112 Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he hath great delight in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.

Alleluia. Alleluia. The glorious company of the Apostles: praise thee, O Lord. Alleluia.

The English Gradual: Part II - The Proper, Pages 157-161

The Gospel
St. Matthew 9. 9.

And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came, and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.


The Book of Common Prayer (1962), Page 293

The Offertory

Psalm 21 Thou hast set, O Lord, a crown of pure gold upon his head: he asked life of thee, and thou gavest him a long life, alleluia.

The English Gradual: Part II - The Proper, Pages 157-161

The Preface

Upon All Saints’ Day and other Festivals of Saints.

Who in the multitude of thy Saints hast compassed us about with so great a cloud of witnesses, that we, rejoicing in their fellowship, may run with patience the race that is set before us, and together with them may receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away. Therefore with Angels, etc.

The Book of Common Prayer (1962), Page 81

The Communion

Psalm 21 His honour is great in thy salvation: glory and great worship shalt thou lay upon him, O Lord.

The English Gradual: Part II - The Proper, Pages 157-161

At the Offices


Psalm(s): 15, 19
First Lesson: 1 Kings 19:15–end
Second Lesson: 1 Timothy 6:6–19

Morning Prayer

Psalm(s): 37 Pt 1
First Lesson: Proverbs 3:1–17
Second Lesson: Matthew 19:16–end

Evening Prayer

Psalm(s): 37 Pt 2
First Lesson: 1 Chronicles 29:9–18
Second Lesson: Matthew 6:19–end