From the lectionary for All Saints Day

Matthew 5:3
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize our poverty of spirit.
Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
      Thank you, Jesus, for the friends you have given me to mourn with me. I pray for those who mourn alone.
Matthew 5:5
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
      Thank you, Father, for all those who have gone humbly to their deaths to testify to the gospel.
Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
      Jesus, please give us such a hunger and thirst for your righteousness that our wills will be transformed.
Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
      Jesus, please help us show forth your mercy, even to those who have no mercy.
Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
      Holy Spirit, please bring us to purity of heart so that we may see God.
Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
      Holy Spirit, help us bring the peace of Jesus to our communities and neighborhoods.
Matthew 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
      Father, help us always remember those who are persecuted for righteousness sake.
Matthew 5:11
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
      Holy Spirit, give me a will to turn the other cheek.
Matthew 5:12
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
      Jesus, help me rejoice in being numbered in that great company of witnesses who have given the lives to you.
Revelation 7:9-12 (NKJV)
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

An icon depicting the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christian men in Libya in February, 2015. Each of them was given the choice of becoming a Muslim or beheading. The last words on each of their lips were, “Ya Rabbi Yasou,” or “My Lord Jesus.”


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