The Religious Affiliation of
unnamed homeless man

Religion: Christian (denomination unknown) CBR Scale: S

Name: unnamed homeless man

Classification: supporting character supporting character  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Captain America (vol. 1) #177 (Sep. 1974): "Lucifer Be Thy Name"

Creators: Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema, Vince Colletta

Number of Appearances: 1

Occupation: homeless

Location: Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Race: black

Gender: male

Note: quoted prayer when startled by Lucifer

An unnamed homeless man quoted a classic 18th Century Christian prayer when he was startled by the red-garbed alien known as "Lucifer."

In Captain America (vol. 1) #177, the alien who calls himself Lucifer managed to escape the alien dimension he had been exiled in after a previous encounter with Iron Man. This alien was first seen in X-Men (vol. 1) #9 (Jan. 1965).

Lucifer emerged on Earth in an alleyway in Harlem, New York City. The bottom 3 panels on page 8 in issue #177 show this homeless man stirring from a drunken stupor as he sees a strange light appear a few yards from him. Lucifer materializes within the light, exclaiming "Aha!"

The homeless man instantly jumps up and runs away, quoting a classic children's prayer that dates back to the 18th Century. The prayer or bedtime rhyme, known as "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," as quoted by his homeless man is as follows:
"Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take!"

The homeless man then screamed: "AAAAAA".

Lucifer was impressed by this. Lucifer observed: "Amazing! My appearance has often elicited cries of terror--but never before have I been greeted with poetry!"

One source cites Joseph Addison as the earliest source of this prayer, from an essay he wrote which appeared in The Spectator on March 8, 1711. A modified version of the prayer - matching that which the homeless man quoted - appeared later in The New England Primer.

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Captain America (vol. 1) #177 (Sep. 1974): "Lucifer Be Thy Name" (4-panel cameo)