Posted August 6, 2014 by Michael Ernest in Causes

‘Martyrs Prayers’ An Album For The Persecuted Church

martyrs prayersIt is unlikely that you have heard any album quite like “Martyrs Prayers.” A lot of people may consider “Martyrs Prayers” dark, but the record is raw and brings light to what persecuted Christians think and go through.

Phil Keaggy, Margaret Becker and Randy Stonehill are a few of the musicians that are on the project. The album puts music to the prayers of martyrs from the early church (Ignatius of Antioch) to the present era (Oscar Romero).

“Martyrs Prayers” is a musical project that depicts the demonstration of audacious faith in the face of persecution. It is about being a Daniel in a land where praying to God is a crime or a taboo– a musical cry blended with storytelling.

This album features 12 tracks. The standouts for me are Romero, Bonhoffer, Becket, Ignatius and Sadoth.

“Let my blood be a seed of freedom” is the explosive opening line of  “Romero,”  the first song on the album.  “Romero features the sweetness of acoustic guitar. There are also Spanish and Portuguese renditions of this song on the album.  I love all the different accents and diversity of each rendition.

Another example of such storytelling is on “Bonhoeffer.” When he was alive, Dietrich Bonhoeffer took on the Nazi regime, even to the point of helping to plan an attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler.  “Bonhoeffer” captures the heart of prayer that Bonhoeffer was so known to possess.

“Becket” reminds us of  the scriptural text “into your hands I commit my spirit,” which Jesus himself uttered his final moments on the cross (Luke 23:46). The song focuses on the final prayers of someone dying as a result persecution.

“Ignatius” is a  short soulful song. It’s a daring cry for true repentance and the nailing of our sinful desires to the cross.

“Sadoth” is interesting because of its theme and the instrumentation. It has extremely mind-blowing solo electric guitar moments – think Carlos Santana. It depicts the message of having an everlasting life in heaven.

Even though the songs and arrangement are eclectic at times, the album hits the spot in every other aspect especially in addressing what a lot of Christians in their safe spots on this side of heaven overlook — persecution. It is poignant, raw, thought-evoking, unconventional and powerful.

We need more heartfelt projects like this.

Get the album on Amazon.