Friday, April 4, 2008

Saint of the Week -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Although he was a Baptist preacher, Martin Luther King, Jr., is remembered in Lesser Feasts and Fasts, the calendar of Episcopal saints. In the Episcopal church, saints are recognized for the virtue of the life they lived on earth.

Also, as in most traditions that honor saints, the “saint’s day” to be observed is the day of the person’s death, the day that marks the end of their temporal life, the day they enter into eternal rest in God.

So although we often acknowledge Dr. King on the Sunday nearest his birthday, it is appropriate, on this the 40th anniversary of his martyrdom, to remember him today.

Early morning, April four
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky.
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride.

In the name of love
What more in the name of love.
In the name of love
What more in the name of love.

This is a lovely version of U2's "Pride" covered by John Legend. Excuse the History Channel advertising aspect of it.

1 comment:

  1. Keep the blogs coming. They're great. This one was especially moving!