A Collect to Not Discount Persecution

Lord Jesus Christ, our sun and shield, let us not expect that the world will accept the truth you proclaim through us, but even when we are persecuted, be present with us, that we would be welcomed into your arms when we are taken into your kingdom, through you who reigns in glory with the Father and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. ‘For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”‘ – Mark 6:17-18