Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Readings
First Scripture Reading
Acts 19:1-8
Gospel Reading
John 16:29-33

Opening Prayer

Jesus, Risen Glorious before God, sometimes we are such cowards. We believe, yet we are so shallow! We need a powerful dose of your Spirit of Courage, Wisdom and Passion. Lay your hands on us. Baptize us anew in your life and birthing struggle! Anoint us anew as your followers – the earthly tabernacles of your Spirit. Empower us to trust your victory over evil and to work for your reign in the power of your Spirit. Fill our cowardice with your courage. Fill our emptiness with your energy. Fill our spirit with your Spirit! Shine in us, Lord Jesus!

As we remember and memorialize today those who died for freedom, we thank you for dying for the freedom and dignity of all God’s children. Gather all courageous freedom fighters and martyrs into the bosom of your glory – and free all people in your reign.

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