Celebrating the Feast of St. Matthew

Today, with the Church around the world, we celebrate the Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Martyr. Below is the prayer for the day for this commemoration of this disciple of Jesus from the Church of England:

O almighty God,
whose blessed Son called Matthew the tax-collector
to be an apostle and evangelist:
give us grace to forsake the selfish pursuit of gain
and the possessive love of riches
that we may follow in the way of your Son Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.