Friday, March 21, 2008

Thomas Cranmer, burned at the stake on this day 1556

This Good Friday falls early this year, and gives pause to recollect the burning this date of His Grace, Henry VIII’s Archbishop of Canterbury, author of this gentle prayer for Holy Week:

Almighty and everliving God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be make partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God,for ever and ever. Amen.

A fitting tribute to His Grace on this fateful day - earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life.


Anonymous wrinkled weasel said...

A reminder that a true martyr is one who gives up his life for his belief, as a lamb to the slaughter, meekly, humbly and faithfully. The destruction of others in the name of martyrdom is an obscenity,and a travesty of it.

21 March 2008 at 22:41  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

wonderful your grace

lighten my darkness !!

I still find it hard to understand what loving the world is hatred of god, ie what his understanding of the world was , perhaps one for the next pulpit day.

may all our darknesses be lightend this easter , happy meaningful easter one and all

21 March 2008 at 23:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You see your grace what happens when you get directly involved in the dirty world of politics and government.

Even when your own merciful Queen tried to save your soul from eternal damnation, the only way she knew how.

St Peter still would not let you enter and sent you back here.

Albeit after some time.

Or did you get in and then somehow seriously upset someone. Or have you been floating around some place for the last 450 years making silly noises and shaking things in the middle of the night?

Do you have an logical explanation?

Maybe it had something to do with you sticking your own hand in the flames. After all it was taking the proverbial a bit, was it not?

Happiest Easter imaginable my friend.

Atlas shrugged

22 March 2008 at 01:33  
Blogger Dr.D said...

An excellent post!! Thank you.

22 March 2008 at 02:33  
Blogger SamuelCoates said...

Powerful stuff.

Re: loving the world/hating God... I guess it's about "worldliness" - sin - rather than everything that exists in the world.

22 March 2008 at 10:09  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Has any Church of England parish said prayers for the immolated Archbishop Cranmer ?

22 March 2008 at 21:20  
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