Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The First Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Monday, May 31, 2010

Quote from Ashley Null on Cranmer

"...crying with a Loud Voice, 'This hand hath offended.'  As soon as the fire got up, he was very soon dead, never stirring or crying all the while. 
His Catholic executioners surely thought Cranmer was making satisfaction to his Protestant God.  Yet his doctrine of repentance would have taught him otherwise, for the God he served saved the unworthy.
Having believed in his own justification by faith, Cranmer would have thought he could fall totally but not finally.  As God's child, the burden of all the multitude of his sins was no cause for him to distrust or dispair of help at his Father's hand; for the incredible richness of God's merciful love for him would never have shone brighter than on that cloudy day, precisely because he, the chief promoter of the new faith, had fallen so far as to become a declared enemy of the Gospel.  To Cranmer, his hand in the fire would have been an act of loving service of a heart turned back to God by the power and promise of His immeasurably loving grace.  His final resolve would have been a joyous confirmation that he was indeed one of the elect in whom there would be no fault found in the end."
  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
    Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

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