Noon Prayer by Charles Henry Brent

Today is the feast day for Charles Henry Brent, Bishop of the Philippines, and of Western New York, who died in 1929. He wrote this prayer for mission, which was included in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace. So clothe us with your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

(BCP 101)