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We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

11 June. 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Barnabas, Apostle

11 June.  1662 Book of Common Prayer. Barnabas, Apostle.

The Collect.


O LORD God Almighty, who didst endue thy holy Apostle Barnabas with singular gifts of the Holy Ghost; Leave us not, we beseech thee, destitute of thy manifold gifts, nor yet of grace to use them alway to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Barnabas the Apostle. The surname "Barnabas," "son of (prophetic) exhortation," was given to Joses (Joseph), a Levite of Cyprus, the first giver of the price of his land to the Christian community. He is recorded afterwards as the introducer of St. Paul after his conversion to the brethren in Jerusalem; and his companion in the preaching at Antioch, in the mission with alms to Jerusalem, and in the first missionary journey to Cyprus and Asia Minor; till after their dispute about St. Mark, he is parted from St. Paul and so passes out of the history (see Acts iv. 36, 37; xi. 22-30; xiii.-xv.) Of his subsequent life we have no historical record, or even trustworthy tradition. There is extant an Epistle bearing his name, evidently spurious, though of early date; and Tertulian ascribes to him the authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews. -- June 11th.

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