Saint Days: Thomas Bray, Priest and Missionary
Thomas Bray (1656-1730) was an abolitionist who was instrumental in building the Church of England in the originally Catholic colony of Maryland. He also helped found a number of societies and organizations which worked for the benefit of the Church. One important one was the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge, a group which set up church schools across Britain and is today an important book publisher. Another group was the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts which focused on overseas missions. In it's 300 years, the group supported over 15,000 people in their roles as missionaries. Its current focus is emergency relief and Christian leadership and training.
Let us remember Thomas Bray in our prayers today:
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant Thomas Bray, whom you called to preach the Gospel; raise up in this and ever land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.