Thanks be to God, the almighty,
the king of the universe, for all his mercies,
and heartfelt thanks to the Savior and Redeemer of our souls,
Jesus Christ, through whom we pray
that his peace may keep us stable and unshaken
from troubles outside and troubles within the heart.
Let me obediently sing aloud the new song,
because after those terrifying dark sights and stories
I was now privileged to see and celebrate such things
that many righteous men and martyrs of God before us
desired to see on earth and did not see,
and to hear and did not hear.
But they attained far better things in heaven; whereas I,
acknowledging that even my present lot is better than I deserve,
have been more than amazed at the bountiful grace of its author,
and am duly filled with wonder,
worshipping him with my soul’s full strength.
Eusebius of Caesarea, c. 260- c.340, Christian historian and bishop
2000 Years of Prayer freely modified
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
All Saints Day By Adrian Grycuk (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 pl (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/pl/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
O God, we remember not only Bahram but his murderers, not because they killed him in the prime of his youth and made our hearts bleed and our tears flow, not because with this savage act they have brought further disgrace on the name of our country among the civilized nations of the world: but because through their crime we now follow more closely thy footsteps in the way of sacrifice.
O Lord, whose holy saints and martyrs
in all times and places have endured
affliction, suffering and tribulation,
by the power of the Holy Cross,
the armor of salvation:
so likewise, we pray, send your Holy Spirit,
the Comforter and Advocate of all Christians,
to sustain these Churches in their
martyrdom, witness and mission.
The world without provocation hates your Church,
but you have taught us not to despair.
Therefore, you who are a God at hand
and not a God afar off,
grant these Christians the power to lift up
their hands, their eyes and their hearts
to continue their living witness
in unity with the universal Church,
to the glory of your most holy name.