O God, give us patience when the wicked hurt us.
O how impatient and angry we are when we think ourselves unjustly slandered, reviled, and hurt!
Christ suffers strokes upon his cheek, the innocent for the guilty; yet we may not abide one rough word for his sake.
O Lord, grant us virtue and patience, power and strength, that we may take all adversity with good will, and with a gentle mind overcome it.
And if necessity and your honor require us to speak, grant that we may do so with meekness and patience, that the truth and your glory may be defended, and our patience and steadfast continuance perceived.