God of all ages
—of yesterday, today, and tomorrow—
you raise up great leaders in every age
so that your people might be guided
through the trials and travails of this life.
You established a holy nation
by creating a covenant with Abraham and Sarah,
promising that their descendants
would be as numerous as the stars in the night sky.
When Israel was in bondage,
you raised up for us Moses, Miriam, and Aaron
to be lawgivers, prophets, and priests,
the deliverers of your people from Egypt
and into the Promised Land of milk and honey..
You sent the prophets
—Isaiah, Micah, and Amos—
to preach justice to your lost people,
restoring the dignity of Israel
and safe-guarding the Covenant.
When you were preparing to enter into the world
and pitch your tent among us,
you brought forth Mary,
who would become your Mother and ours,
and called her to sing of true, earth-shattering justice.
In the fullness of time,
you sent your Word, Jesus who is Christ,
into the world to take on our flesh
and show us the depth and breadth
of your saving love.
[When your Church was rife with division
and the people no longer knew you,
you sent Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal
to call all Christians back to you
and remind them of their dignity and holiness.]
No longer able to abide your children living in slavery,
you raised up Martin, Rosa, Malcom, Sojourner, Frederick
and countless other prophets, sages, activists, and leaders
to call your people into the light of truth
and the tender embrace of justice.
Continue to raise up for us, O Liberating One,
prophets, priests, pastors, leaders, and shepherds
to guide your people into the new and brilliant future
which rests in the loving palm of your almighty hand.
We make this prayer through the same Jesus,
son of Mary, brother of the poor,
father of the orphaned, lover of peacemakers,
who lives and reigns with you and your Holy Spirit,
one God in forever and ever. Amen.