Christ Appearing to the Apostles by William Blake via Wikimedia Commons
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.