Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Collect for the Persecuted Church

This collect was composed by Charles Echols of St. Matthew's Parish, Fort Motte, South Carolina.
Loving Father, you heard the voice of the Israelites in Egypt, and you saw their affliction and their toil and their oppression; so now hear the groans of your children as they suffer in Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Nigeria and throughout the world. Comfort and strengthen them through your Holy Spirit, let them be witnesses that their oppressors might see and turn to you, and hasten to bring them out of their suffering with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.