Reformed Churchmen

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:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

18 October. 1662 Book of Common Prayer: Luke the Evangelist, Missionary, and Historian

18 October.  1662 Book of Common Prayer:  Luke the Evangelist, Missionary, and Historian

Saint Luke the Evangelist.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTY God, who calledst Luke the Physician, whose praise is in the Gospel, to be an Evangelist, and Physician of the soul; May it please thee, that, by the wholesome medicines of the doctrine delivered by him, all the diseases of our souls may be healed; through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Luke the Evangelist. Of St. Luke we know only his companionship with St. Paul and his Gospel and Acts of the Apostles. (a) He is called "the beloved physician;" he is the companion of St. Paul from Troas to Philippi in the second missionary journey; from Philippi to Jerusalem in the third, and after the captivity at Cæsarea to Rome, in his first captivity at Rome, and is his sole faithful companion in the last (Acts xvi. 9; xx., xxi., xxvii., xxviii.; Col. iv. 15; Philemon 24; 2 Tim. iv. 11). (b) The Gospel according to St. Luke stands out from the rest in its traces of higher education, its peculiar beauty and pathos, its didactic style, and its special reference (well suiting the "Pauline Gospel") to Atonement and forgiveness of sin. The Acts is a continuation of the Gospel--a series of pictures of the great epochs of the development of the Church, embracing, in the Hebrew, the Greek, and the Roman, the three great elements of ancient civilization. -- October 18th.

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