Daily Prayers for February 21

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated while delivering a speech in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom. Malcolm X became a well-known advocate for civil rights after joining the Nation of Islam while in prison. A brilliant, self-educated leader, Malcolm experienced multiple conversions, eventually leaving the Nation of Islam after a pilgrimage to Mecca and committing to overcome racism through an international solidarity movement. Though he was not a Christian, Malcolm X spoke prophetically about the church’s complicity in Western culture’s sin of racism.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us sing to the Lord : let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “Walk in the Light”

Give us more light about each other : that we might understand enough to love.

Psalm 105:1 3; 106:47 48

Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name : make known his deeds among the -peoples.

Sing to him, sing praises to him : and speak of all his marvelous works.

Glory in his holy name : let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations : that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting and to everlasting : and let all the -people say, “Amen!” Hallelujah!

Give us more light about each other : that we might understand enough to love.

Genesis 37:25 – 36 Hebrews 10:26 – 39

Give us more light about each other : that we might understand enough to love.

Thomas Aquinas, a thirteenth-century Dominican and doctor of the church, said, “Every truth without exception — ​and whoever may utter it — ​is from the Holy Spirit.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, we pray you will keep us humble enough to learn from those whom we least expect to be our teachers. Help us to listen for your truth, even in the words of our enemies. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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