Readings:

Proverbs 22:1–12
Psalm 112
Matthew 5:13–16

Preface of a Saint (3)


PRAYER (traditional language)
God of justice and mercy, who didst send thy Son to preach, to teach, and to give hope to those in need: We remember before thee this day thy servants Peter Williams Cassey and Anna Besant Cassey, who, in the face of slavery and discrimination, sought to give the blessings of education and a spiritual haven for those pushed to the margins. May we strive in our own lives to be fearless in the face of injustice and to work for blessings that will touch those whom the world does not count of value; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen

PRAYER (contemporary language)
God of justice and mercy, who sent your Son to preach, to teach, and to give hope to those in need: We remember before you this day your servants Peter Williams Cassey and Anna Besant Cassey, who, in the face of slavery and discrimination, sought to give the blessings of education and a spiritual haven for those pushed to the margins. May we strive in our own lives to be fearless in the face of injustice and to work for blessings that will touch those whom the world does not count of value; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives forever and ever. Amen

This commemoration appears in Lesser Feasts & Fasts 2018.

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PETER WILLIAMS CASSEY
AND ANNIE BESANT CASSEY

PRIEST, 1917; 1875
 

Peter Williams Cassey was the first African-American ordained in the Episcopal Church in the West. He was born in Philadelphia of noted abolitionist and Episcopal clergy ancestors, and moved to California in 1856. He and his wife Annie helped found Trinity Church in San Jose and then St. Philips Mission and Academy. Peter was ordained a deacon in 1866 and then founded Christ Church in San Francisco. He later served congregations in New Bern, NC, and in Florida.