Seminarian and Martyr, 1965
- Proverbs 4:20-27
- Psalm 85:7-13
- Galatians 3:22-28
- Luke 1:46-55
Jonathan Daniels was an Episcopal seminarian who answered the call of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help register African-American voters in Alabama. He was shot and killed on Aug. 20, 1965, while shielding then 16-year-old Ruby Sales from a shotgun blast as she attempted to enter a store to buy something to drink. Daniels was added to the Episcopal Church Calendar of Saints and Martyrs in 1994 to be remembered each Aug. 14.
EpiscopalOnline.org proudly presents Here Am I, Send Me: The Story of Jonathan Daniels. This award-winning production from the Episcopal Media Center will be available Saturday, August 14th in an exclusive streaming event only from Episcopal Online. They will release this hour long program to anyone, for free, streaming right from their website.
Learn more about Jonathan Myrick Daniels here and the readings associated with his day of commemoration here. The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama will also be holding a pilgrimage to remember Daniels and others who gave their lives during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.
O God of justice and compassion, you put down the proud and the mighty from their place, and lift up the poor and afflicted: We give you thanks for your faithful witness Jonathan Myrick Daniels, who, in the midst of injustice and violence, risked and gave his life for another; and we pray that we, following his example, may make no peace with oppression; through Jesus Christ the just one: who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Collect from Holy Women, Holy Men)
Jonathan was in my thoughts as I wrote my sermon last Sunday. And we continue to be surrounded by a cloud of witnesses.
Thanks for this wonderful resource, Sharon.