Most gracious God, by the calling of thy servant James Theodore Holly thou gavest us our first bishop of African-American heritage. In his quest for life and freedom, he led thy people from bondage into a new land and established the Church in Haiti. Grant that, inspired by his testimony, we may overcome our prejudice and honor those whom thou callest from every family, language, people, and nation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Today the Episcopal Church commemorates James Theodore Holly, Bishop of Haiti, Dominican Republic, 1911 https://t.co/mD07kHRiRT
Holly went to Haiti as a missionary in 1861 & was the 1st African-American bishop in the Episcopal Church when he became Bishop of Haiti in 1874 pic.twitter.com/WOOxtdzGH9
— The Anglican Church in St Petersburg (@anglicanspb) March 13, 2020