Eternal martyr

For Good Friday

We remember, today, the eternal martyr:
who offends the bigotry of others
and threatens their selfish insecurity;
who is the repressed conscience
and the uncomfortable truth –
integrity amidst corruption.

He is crucified, she is shot;
he is gassed, she is burned;
he is poisoned, she is hanged;
she is raped and beaten, he is tortured and broken.

You are with your martyr, O God,
in the pain and anguish,
giving courage and strength;
the peace of death and the
triumph of the spirit’s resurrection.

We give thanks for the eternal martyr
and what was bought with his death, her blood.
But we confess our part in his murder and her torment.

And should we be called to martyrdom, help us to
be worthy of our calling.

May it be so.

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