February 13th: The Feast of Absalom Jones

Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

For more information on The Rev. Absalom Jones: http://blackhistorynow.com/absalom-jones/

Blessed Frances Joseph-Gaudet

Merciful God, who raised up your servant Frances Joseph-Gaudet to work for prison reform and the education of her people: Grant that we, encouraged by the example of her life, may work for those who are denied the fullness of life by reasons of incarceration and lack of access to education; through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Bio: https://standingcommissiononliturgyandmusic.org/2010/12/30/december-30-frances-joseph-gaudet-educator-and-prison-reformer-1934/