In the Episcopal Church, we commemorate Absalom Jones on Monday, February 13.
In 1804, the Rev. Jones — born into slavery in Delaware in 1794 — was the first African-American to be ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, after having founded the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Philadelphia in 1794.
Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.