Saturday, 6 October 2012

Loser's last laugh

Today the Church remembers William Tyndale, a brave man and brilliant translator who was martyred on this day in 1536, for his new translation of the Bible. His dying words as his was strangled were: "Lord, opt [open] the King of England's eyes". 4 years later, Tyndale's prayer had been more than answered as there were 4 translations of the Bible all based on Tyndale's work. One of them was even appointed as the official English Bible and Tyndale's influence on the Bible translation work, continues to this day - a brilliant example of the 'loser' having the last laugh.

The Collect/appointed prayer for today:

O Lord, grant to thy people
grace to hear and keep thy word
that, after the example of thy servant William Tyndale,
we may both profess thy gospel
and also be ready to suffer and die for it,
to the honour of thy name;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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