Three Prayers for MLK Day

Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking against the Vietnam War, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota

Photo: Minnesota Historical Society (CC BY-SA 2.0)

For our continued progress toward the dream which Dr. King described so powerfully:

Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2000, p. 213)

For justice and peace, which Dr. King gave his life for:

Grant, O God, that your holy and life giving Spirit may so move every human heart, and especially the hearts of the people of this nation, that barriers which divide us may crumble , suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 823)

And for those who suffer for the sake of conscience, as Dr. King and so many other brave men and women in the Civil Rights Movement did:

O God our Father, whose Son forgave his enemies while he was suffering shame and death: Strengthen those who suffer for the sake of conscience; when they are accused, save them from speaking in hate; when they are rejected, save them from bitterness; when they are imprisoned, save them from despair; and to us your servants, give grace to respect their witness and to discern the truth, that our society may be cleansed and strengthened. This we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ, our merciful and righteous Judge. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 823)

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