Sunday, March 21, 2010

Archbishop Cranmer, burned at the stake on this day in 1556

Let us pause from the noise and frenzy to recollect the burning on this day of His Grace 'the heretic'; the last Archbishop of Canterbury to be appointed by a pope.

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.

Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life.


Anonymous Voyager said...

That is excellent Your Grace - really well done. It is good to see Cranmer's Prayer Book so well portrayed and leather bound.

It is important to read Foxe's Book of Martyrs with your own life and that of Ridley and Latimer and so many others executed by Bloody Mary

21 March 2010 at 17:26  
Blogger Bishop Alan Wilson said...

I'm very struck by the way Cranmer in his last prayer spoke of the Incarnation as his particular hope of salvation from his worst offences as well as the Crucifixion: (“The great mystery that God became man was not wrought for little or few offenses...”).

That's the context of his third exhortation: “That you love altogether like brethren and sisters. For, alas! pity it is to see what contention and hatred one Christian man beareth to another, not taking each other as brother and sister, but rather as strangers and mortal enemies. But I pray you learn and bear well away this one lesson, To do good unto all men, as much as in you lieth, and to hurt no man, no more than you would hurt your own natural loving brother or sister. For this you may be sure of, that whosoever hateth any person, and goeth about maliciously to hinder or hurt him, surely, and without all doubt, God is not with that man, altho he think himself ever so much in God’s favour...”

21 March 2010 at 17:54  
Anonymous oSWIN said...

The moral of the story being : never marry your older brother's widow. You just never know where it will all end!

21 March 2010 at 18:01  
Blogger Demetrius said...

Let us not forget the Reverend John Rogers, amongst others.

21 March 2010 at 18:12  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Who would have dreamt that the Internet would come along and resurrect your ashes that they would live on to persecute the Antichrist, you blinkered old git!

21 March 2010 at 18:20  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Both sides of the great schism are equally guilty of inhuman acts in the name of sectarian Christianity (not forgetting here to mention the Judaeo/Christian bastard child Islam).

Catholics in England and Wales were executed under treason laws. Legislation of the 16th century made treasonable refusing to assent to the royal supremacy over the Church that had been asserted by Henry VIII, or being (or harbouring) a Catholic priest. The standard penalty for all those convicted of treason at the time was execution by being hanged, drawn and quartered

And where sectarianism sadly still lingers, it took an atheist woman to bang heads together in the name of reason and sanity.

Twenty-one months of negotiations have produced little sign of progress between pro-British and pro-Irish parties, whose constituents have endured years of violence in the name of politics and religion.

Mowlam's time as Northern Ireland Secretary saw the signing of the historic Good Friday Peace Agreement in 1998. And still, some people fail to accept that religion centred politics is as much a crime against humanity as any of the worst excesses of the totalitarian State.

21 March 2010 at 18:20  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

"some people fail to accept that religion centred politics is as much a crime against humanity as any of the worst excesses of the totalitarian State."


The God of the Old Testament makes one thing abundantly clear : The cheapness of human life. Established religion will always be able to justify violence because of what it reads as the word of God.

21 March 2010 at 18:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That heretic archbishop Cranmer is burning in hell right now, glad to know the heretic gay-and-woman-ordaining islamophile CoE is falling apart.

21 March 2010 at 19:09  
Anonymous jeremy hyatt said...

Bit of a protestant but wonderful use of language...

Burning people is wrong.

As is hanging, drawing and quartering them.

21 March 2010 at 19:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace, if you'll permit an RC to comment on the anniversary of your martyrdom: please intercede from your assured heavenly abode with God our father for our poor benighted country so that it may at last attain good governance and justice for all. And of your charity, intercede for the guidance and the granting of wisdom and fortitude to Pope Benedict XVI.And may old divisions be healed.
Edward Sutherland.

21 March 2010 at 19:16  
Anonymous Voyager said...

The Good Friday Agreement had more tom do with US policy than Mo Mowlam just as the Irish Free State came about because Britain was in crippling debt to New York after funding a lunatic European war for 4 years in support of French foreign policy objectives......a habit Britain repeated throughout the 20th the benefit of all its adversaries

21 March 2010 at 19:40  
Blogger Preacher said...

We must love those that persecute us, but never forget the legacy that these brave men died & left us. Rome has always lusted after England & always will, her goal is world domination by fear, war or corruption, she will play the harlot with any that can, in her estimation assist her to this end. Her motto "Always the same" should be warning enough that in the minority she will act as a lamb but in the majority she will be a tiger. Remember Sampson, he thought Delilah was trustworthy until the time she betrayed him. That said both Cranmer & Luther came out from Rome as did many others that brought us the truth of the reformation & often paid dearly for it, Paul himself first persecuted the church but later became one of its apostles. Friendship with the World is emnity with God & turning away from all the pomp & ceremony to the simple truth of the gospel will often cost us all we have, salvation is there for all, it's free but not cheap. Thank you Cranmer, Latimer, Ridley & all the martyrs past, present & yes even future for your faithful witness to the Lord Jesus Christ that sets an example to us all.

21 March 2010 at 19:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Let us pause from the noise and frenzy to recollect the burning on this day of His Grace 'the heretic'; the last Archbishop of Canterbury to be appointed by a pope."

Was not Your Grace's successor, Cardinal Pole, appointed by the Pope?

21 March 2010 at 20:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preacher: reading posts like yours makes me despair of Christianity's past divisions ever being healed.
Edward Sutherland

21 March 2010 at 21:36  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Damian Thompson was observed leaving the Telegraph offices earlier today with a faggot and a box of matches. Lie low, Cranmer.

21 March 2010 at 21:42  
Anonymous len said...

I think the important thing in these last days is to get the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST preached to a dying,lost world.
God ( I am sure) is not going to ask" what denomination are you?But "how did you respond to my son?"
Jesus In the beautiful 15th chapter of John, Jesus says, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:5–6). If ever you, as a branch, don’t abide in the Vine, Christ—if you don’t abide in His love and His Word—then you will become unfruitful and withered, and you will be pruned from the tree as a dead branch. You won’t lose your salvation, but you will be cast aside as being no longer useful to God and His kingdom.

Without the flow of God’s Spirit there is no life. You must be firmly attached to the Vine where you’re receiving the spiritual sap and life and nourishment that you need directly from the Lord Himself. A lot of how you grow is up to you and how much nourishment you receive, so don’t cut yourself off from the Vine.

Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). But if you are dwelling in the Vine, as one of the branches, then you can produce beautiful leaves and beautiful fruit so that He and the Father may be glorified and have much fruit (John 15:8).

21 March 2010 at 21:43  
Anonymous Atlas shrugged said...

Learn that love of this world is hatred against god.

Got that one right your grace.

Pity those financing the show now days seem to see things much differently. These princes, popes, and other snake oil salesmen, seem to think this overrun panto is something worth having a 99% controlling share in.

Sure this production has plenty of aesthetic quality, and the women thing where generally a welcome distraction from harsh reality. However this pathetic puss filled boil on the edge of eternity is as a whole intensely awful to say the very least.

A planetary sized bear-pit of nastiness. Where surly only once very bad souls get sent to serve out their sentence in the often vain hope of redemption, enlightenment, or forgiveness.

It is a great pity that apocalyptic AGW is just a money making scam run for the sole benefit of ruling class elites.

Quite frankly the sooner the universe gets permanently shot of this pointlessly revolving horror show, the better for all concerned.

Then maybe, just maybe I may be allowed to finally get this hugely useless weight off of my tied old shoulders and take a very long holiday somewhere infinitely more worthwhile. Which gives me plenty of options.

22 March 2010 at 00:20  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Your grace shines so very brightly through time itself .

Thankyou Len .
There are those times when one glimpses the mystery ,when some comfort comes for painfull questions and our own error is revealed and our place within other errors. The peace is valued when it is lost .

The opening words of your upper video are hard to surpass in a world in which misguided teachings are made rule .

22 March 2010 at 00:41  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Thank you, Your Grace, I think the Cranmer video's the best you've posted during my following of your pages. And thanks too, to your earlier manifestation: for all that he did for our language, for Freedom, and for the Word in our land!!

I'm less sanguine about what seem to be affective modern takes on More and Bullen. Having read his letters, especially those to Margaret Roper, I reckon More was dying of kidney disease anyway. So he just made Romish capital by playing the health card in his politics. I quite admired him before that, because I like people to have the courage of their convictions. I gradually came to see him, though, as a traitor to Britain: a creature of el papa-- a foreign prince.

As for mistress lady there ... well she'd spent quite a bit of time in frogland, hadn't she? Perhaps that's why she thought she was clever (devious) and devastating enough to play such a dangerous game, and why she so underestimated a very dangerous British man. Even today, on a smaller scale, some men can't help asserting their power by destroying women like her. It's just that, more than most, Henry had more resources at his command, and more destiny at stake.

Still, they both did good for England in the end: they won our freedom from euroland, kept the money in our own coffers, and left us the 'consolidatress' of our hopes: Elizabeth. How were either of them to know that she would be greater than any male heir? Unless... Henry remembered anything about his grandmother: Margaret Beaufort.

God moves in mysterious ways. I pray that He will help us to know what it is we should not do now; and to do what we must do for His Honour and Glory.

22 March 2010 at 01:50  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Your Grace, let's give this a positive spin. At least you'll never freeze to death...


22 March 2010 at 07:01  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

Excellent and Amen.

Superb post no-nonny.

22 March 2010 at 08:29  
Anonymous Graham Davis said...

Ah those were the days, when one group of god-fearing Christians were busy killing the other lot and all in the name of their deity. Nowadays the best we can do is an online debate, how I miss the smell of burning flesh, you can’t warm your hands on a blog now can you?

But all is not lost, if Christianity is in terminal decline at least we still have Islam to put fire in our belly (literally). We can all join in and hate anybody who is not like us. Isn’t it reassuring to have a good book that absolves us of any personal responsibility, because, hey we are doing it in the name of God.

And did you know the nastier we are the more God loves us, what a guy! So all you Mithras loving, Woden mongering, Ancestor worshiping, believers in false Gods, watch out as the only true God is watching you and is just dying for an opportunity to smite!

22 March 2010 at 09:21  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Your Grace, two wonderful videos, both very moving. Thank you.

22 March 2010 at 10:18  
Anonymous TheGlovner said...

Erm.... Happy Deathday?

22 March 2010 at 16:36  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Glovy: It's best that you keep your gob shut about things you know nothing about.

It's not your blog.

22 March 2010 at 21:11  
Anonymous preacher said...

Edward Sutherland.
What price unity? or should that be unity at any price? I merely point out the obvious, namely that Rome never changes 'Always the same.' Despite the window dressing nothing has changed at the Vatican & the fox still invites the goose to lunch. History repeats itself, it has to, nobody listens the first time. Spurgeon warned of the danger & the Lord Himself warned of ravenous wolves in sheeps clothing among the flock. We are now 'seperated bretheren' where once we were heretics. Most of those that suffered martyrdom did so simply because they couldn't accept transubstantiation, tell me, has Rome apologised for those deaths or renounced this error? is Mary co-redemptrix? was she born without sin? is she the immaculate conception? did she rise physically from death & ascend into Heaven? should we pray to her? should we venerate dead mens bones? should we pray to saints? should we worship a man made wafer displayed in a monstrance? All these are still the doctrines of Rome should I then accept all this for 'unity'. Or is it better to preach the simple gospel of Christ's love & sacrifice to those who have been kept prisoner by the practice of man made false religion, fettered by the chains of fear, to deliver them from the darkness & fear of purgatory,or will Romes God really be bribed to release them early if enough is paid into the account? no sir! if my views offend then my response would be that the pharisees, priests & money changers were offended when The Lord cleansed the temple of all that defiled it. When Rome is cleansed then we may look to unity, until then I will echo scripture 'Come out of her my people partake not of her sins'.

23 March 2010 at 01:35  
Anonymous TheGlovner said...

D.Singh, such a spiteful hate filled immature little man.

You would do well to remember that this is also not your blog either.

23 March 2010 at 09:32  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Any tribute to Cranmer's victims?

24 March 2010 at 02:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous, to write such hateful statements, inferring that Archbishop Cranmer deserved the suffering he was put to, shows that you do not know Christ. I will pray that you ask God to help you to turn away from the hatred and bitterness that have infected you. Cranmer did not seek what has happened to the church, as well you know.

22 March 2011 at 03:10  

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