|The CHRISTIAN MARTYRS' LAST PRAYER|
by Jean-Leon Gerome
TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE DIED AND THOSE WHO ARE DYING FOR THE LORD+ THIS VERY DAY.
|Anabaptist Martyrs in Ghent, 1550's|
Precious in the sight of The LORD
is the death of His+ Saints.
|St. Stephen, the first Martyr for CHRIST|
WORDS OF JESUS from Matthew 10: 28-29 ~ ~ ~
Almighty GOD, Whose most dear SON+ JESUS CHRIST went not up to joy but first HE+ suffered pain, and entered not into glory before HE+ was crucified;
Mercifully grant that we, walking in the Way of the Cross, may find it none other than the Way of Life and Peace;
Through the same, Thy SON+ JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen ~
The Collect, Monday before Easter, Book of Common Prayer, 1945