Psalm 78:1-7
Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 20-25
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Matthew 11:25-30

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PRAYER (traditional language)

PRAYER (contemporary language)
O God, you called Anna Alexander as a deaconess in your Church, and sent her as teacher and evangelist to the people of Georgia: Grant us the humility to go wherever you send, and the wisdom to teach the word of Christ to whomever we meet, that all may come to the enlightenment which you intend for your people; through Jesus Christ, our Teacher and Savior. Amen.


This commemoration adopted provisionally at GC 2012

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Anna Alexander was born in 1865 to recently-emancipated slaves on the Butler plantation on St. Simons Island, Glynn Co., Georgia. Her father had been taught to read by the English actress Fanny Kemble (who later wrote an influential book condemning slave life there). Perhaps this encouraged Anna interest in education.

She founded Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Pennick, a hamlet just north of Brunswick, GA, and, after two post-secondary years at St. Paul's Normal School in Lawrenceville, VA, she started a school attached to the church in 1902. In 1907 she became the first (and only) African-American deaconess in the Episcopal Church. She served the school in Pennick for the rest of her life, encouraging her students to further their own education.