Preface of Baptism
PRAYER (traditional language):
O God, whose Spirit guideth us into all truth and maketh us free: Strengthen and sustain us as thou didst thy daughter Harriet Tubman. Give us vision and courage to stand against oppression and injustice and all that worketh against the glorious liberty to which thou callest all thy children; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
PRAYER (contemporary language):
O God, whose Spirit guides us into all truth and makes us free: Strengthen and sustain us as you did your daughter Harriet. Give us vision and courage to stand against oppression and injustice and all that works against the glorious liberty to which you call all your children; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This commemoration appears in Lesser Feasts & Fasts 2018.
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HARRIET ROSS TUBMAN
SOCIAL REFORMER, 1913
Ross was born in 1820 in Maryland. She was deeply impressed by the Bible
narrative of God's deliverance of the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt,
and it became the basis of her belief that it was God's will to deliver
slaves in America out of their bondage, and that it was her duty to help
accomplish this. In 1844, she escaped to Canada, but returned to help
others escape. Working with other Abolitionists, chiefly white Quakers,
she made at least nineteen excursions into Maryland in the 1850's, leading
more than 300 slaves to freedom. During the War of 1861-5, she joined
the Northern Army as a cook and a nurse and a spy, and on one occasion
led a raid that freed over 750 slaves. After the war, she worked to shelter
orphans and elderly poor persons, and to advance the status of women and
blacks. She became known as "the Moses of her People."
by James Kiefer