Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer (1489 - 1556) was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury, who was a key player in the events that led to the separation of the English Church from Rome, following the divorce of Henry VIII from Catherine of Aragon. He wrote and compiled the first two editions of the Book of Common Prayer, and established the doctrinal and liturgical structures of the Church of England.

He was tried for treason and heresy under Mary I, and after pressure from Church authorities apparently reconciled himself with the Roman Catholic faith. On the day of his execution, however, he withdrew his recantations and therefore died a heretic to Roman Catholics and a martyr to Protestants. [a]

"This was the hand that wrote it [his recantation], therefore it shall suffer first punishment. (At the stake, 21 March 1556)"

Father of all mercies,
who through the work of your servant Thomas Cranmer
renewed the worship of your Church
and through his death revealed your strength in human weakness:
by your grace strengthen us to worship you
in spirit and in truth
and so to come to the joys of your everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate.



[a] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Cranmer

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