“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church,” the third-century North African teacher, Tertullian, once wrote. And in no place is that observation more apt than in Sudan, Africa’s largest country, and a land long torn by violence.
Throughout the year the Episcopal Church remembers Holy Women and Holy Men. Witnesses to the faith, encouragers to grow in faith, and an inspiration to wonder, love, and praise, Holy Women, Holy Men remind me that there is more to life than having more and being safe.
Read more about the Martyrs of the Sudan: May 16: The Martyrs of the Sudan « Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.
For further consideration
O God, steadfast in the midst of persecution, by your providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: As the martyrs of the Sudan refused to abandon Christ even in the face of torture and death, and so by their sacriﬁce brought forth a plentiful harvest, may we, too, be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. –The Collect on this day of remembering
The Lessons appointed for the Martyrs of the Sudan
A Season of Prayer for Sudan – a request of the Presiding Bishop; a request to prayer, study, and action