Absalom Jones

Absalom Jones, First African American Priest, 1818
Almighty and everlasting God, you kindled the flame of your love in the heart of your servant Absalom Jones to manifest your compassion and mercy to the poor and the persecuted: Grant to us, your humble servants, a like faith and power of love, that we who give thanks for his righteous zeal may profit by his example; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.