Monday, 21 March 2011

Cranmer, we thank you

Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians, to honour greatly those who are over us in the Lord. Today offers one such opportunity as it's the day when the Church remembers Archbishop Cranmer's martyrdom. 

Among his many achievements, Cranmer was instrumental in shaping England into a protestant nation and he also bequeated a wide array of prayers and liturgical phrases which persist to this very day. For a taster, see the video below and then follow that with the summary narrative of how he died

How fitting, that yesterday's collect was:

Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thank you Father for our brother Cranmer.

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