O God, we know that the enemies of your church are constantly seeking to provoke you into acts of cruelty, in order to blacken your honor.
We beg and beseech that you will tame their wild hearts.
May their rage subside and bring peace to their souls.
May their minds, clouded by the darkness which their sins produce, repent and turn towards the bright light of your forgiveness.
Now they thirst for our blood because we are your loyal followers; may they instead thirst for our love and our prayers.
(Cyprian of Carthage)