...for John the Baptist, no greater prophet among those born of women, imprisoned and beheaded, for Stephen, first martyr of the gospel of Christ. Paul, Pharisee convert and apostle to the Gentiles who bore in his body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
...for all of the Jewish women, including Mary, mother of Jesus, Gentile women and precious Jewish and Gentile children who first recognized the long awaited and prophesied, Jewish Messiah and who suffered for His Name. To all disciples asleep and those alive who are now being persecuted and who are looking for "that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."Thanks be to God for Noah who prepared an ark and for Moses who was the Old Testament chief among God's chosen and yet did not enter the promised land, God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.