Just a few extracts and quotes which Im finding are....applicable...
Ascribed to St. Bernard of Clairvaus
How art thou pale with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn;
How does this visage languish,
Which once was bright as morn!
Thy grief and bitter passion
Were all for sinners' gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression
But thine the deadly pain.
Thanks so much for what you did… not only did you go through excruciating pain and torture but you forfeited the most perfect relationship in the Universe. A relationship with your own dad. And you had done nothing wrong… you died because I had done wrong. And although I cannot fathom, help me to understand and never forget… help me, because though I know you did this I still reject you day after day, because I would prefer the Created to the Creator. But thanks so much…
"Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of Popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive of the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen." - Martin Luther
"My Lord was pleased to die for my sins; why should I not be glad to give up my poor life out of love for him?" - Girolamo Savonarola
"Do your worst - I am a Christian. Christ is my help and supporter, and thus armed I will never serve your gods nor do I fear your authority or that of your master, the Emperor. Commence your torments as soon as you please, and make use of every means that your malignancy can invent, and you shall find in the end that I am not to be shaken from my resolution." - Andronicus, Roman Empire
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot
John Denley, England 1555
"Because of his faith, John was sent to the stake to be burned. When the wood beneath him was lit, Denley showed no fear. He cheerfully sang a psalm as the flames rose around him. One of his tormentors picked up a piece of wood and threw it at him, hitting him in the face. He hoped to anger or silence Denley, but Denley only responded, "Truly, you have spoiled a good old song." Then he spread his arms and continued to sing until he died."
Lord, help us not forget those persecuted and martyred for you…. I pray that you'd give them strength in what they do, as they seal what they taught with their lips with their own blood… I thankyou so much for them. I pray that, though I knew we will be persecuted, you would give us the courage to stand up for what we really believe. Help us not to buckle under pressure. Thanks that I have the freedom to speak and gather for fellowship. Amen
In manus tuas