The Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. He is, of course, one of the patrons of St. George’s and St. Matthew’s. Matthew was likely born in Galilee and worked as a tax collector, a hated profession at the time.
According to the Gospel, Matthew was working at a collection booth in Capernaum when Christ came to him and extended the invitation, "Follow me." Matthew immediately became a disciple.
The Gospel account of Matthew tells the same story as that found in the other three Gospels, so scholars are certain of its authenticity. His book is the first of the four Gospels found in the New Testament.
Around A.D.41–50, several years after the death of Christ, Matthew wrote his Gospel account. He wrote it in Aramaic* in the hope that his narrative would convince others that Jesus was in fact the Messiah and that his kingdom had been established in a spiritual sense. His relics are said to lie in Salerno, Italy.
*”Matthew, who is also Levi, and who from a publican came to be an apostle, first of all composed a Gospel of Christ in Judaea in the Hebrew [Aramaic] language and characters for the benefit of those of the circumcision who had believed. Who translated it after that in Greek is not sufficiently ascertained. Moreover, the Hebrew itself is preserved to this day in the library at Caesarea, which the martyr Pamphilus so diligently collected. I also was allowed by the Nazarenes who use this volume in the Syrian city of Beroea [modern-day Aleppo] to copy it.”
— St. Jerome (A.D.347?–420; scholar & translator of the Bible into Latin): De viris inlustribus (On Illustrious Men), chapter III.
George Washington's Admonition
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor...[May we] then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease[sic] of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. —George Washington, New York City, 1789
A Prayer on Independence Day
Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations yet unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. —From The Book of Common Prayer
Note different time.