Saturday, 6 July 2013

Thomas More

Thomas More (1478 - July 6 1535) was a councillor to Henry VIII, and for three years Lord Chancellor, noted for having coined the word 'Utopia' in the book of the same name. He opposed the split of the Church of England from the wider Catholic Church, and refused to acknowledge Henry as head of the church. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1534, and the following year tried for treason and beheaded.


Almighty God,
by whose grace and power your holy martyr Thomas More
triumphed over suffering and was faithful unto death:
strengthen us with your grace,
that we may endure reproach and persecution
and faithfully bear witness to the name
of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.


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