for truth’s sake

Jan Hus-Council of Constance painting by Josef Brožík,

Grant, O God, that we your followers
may seek the truth
         hear the truth
        learn the truth
         love the truth
           tell the truth
         hold the truth
and defend the truth to the death;
for it is by the truth
that we will be saved from sin,
from the power of the Evil One,
and from the death of the soul.
We pray in the name of our blessed Lord,
who for truth’s sake
died and rose again.

based on words of Jan Hus, 1372-1415, Czech priest, reformer, and matryr


Therefore take up the whole armor of God,
   that you may be able to withstand in the evil day,
   and having done all, to stand firm.
Stand therefore,
   having fastened on the belt of truth,
   and having put on the breastplate of righteousness

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