Today, 24 June, is (let me get this right) “The Feast of the Nativity of Saint John Baptist“.
And the collect is awesome,
ALMIGHTY God, by whose providence thy servant John Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Saviour, by preaching of repentance: Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“…constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake…”
Do pray for our brothers and sisters in the Church of England for whom this week that prayer is especially poignant.