Most Merciful God,
strengthen and preserve us throughout this day, we pray,
and place your right hand of blessing over us.
Grant us the courage to speak for right
in the face of evil,
and to act for good
in the face of oppression.
Help us proclaim the gospel of the homeless Christ,
who has no place to lay his head
that is his own.
Help us treat the vulnerable among us as the most precious,
and treasure creation as your handiwork.
Give us the grace to amend our lives
that we may sing forth your glory forever, we pray.
Lord God, send forth your Spirit
upon those who are in any need or sorrow,
especially for those we now name.
(1) The central grouping of the 20th Century Martyrs at Westminster Abbey. Pictures are Elizabeth of Russia, Martin Luther King, Oscar Romero, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
(2) Bonhoeffer's quote here to me perfectly represents his life. Even though a pacifist, he was part of a plot by members of the German army to assassinate Hitler, and for this and his other crimes of conscience he was executed by order of Hitler on this day in 1945, even as Germany collapsed.