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 Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

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.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Monday, November 29, 2010

Will the Royal Wedding Include the Marriage Service from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer?

[The following is from EVNews at evangelicals.org, a news outlet for Church Society.  I like this article because it again points out how the 1662 Book of Common Prayer teaches sound biblical doctrine while the 1979/1980 books of alternative services are essentially pelagian and theologically liberal.  Any true Anglican church will throw out the false "prayer book" and use the 1662 Book of Common Prayer instead.  I would include the Australian "prayer book" in that analysis.  Click here to read the service for The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony in the 1662 BCP.  One calls to remembrance that Charles and Carmilla had their civil wedding recognized by the Church of England using the traditional liturgy from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.  In ignorance some of the media misconstrued the prayer service as being specifically for the sins of Charles and Carmilla rather than a general prayer for all in the church.  The Confession of Sin in the Service of the Lord's Supper reads: 

ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the following article enlighten you as to why the 1662 Book of Common Prayer ought to be in common use in EVERY province of the Anglican Communion.   Charlie].

Boost for Christian Truth if Royal Couple get Prayer Book

Cranmer's Curate has outlined some of the beneficial consequences of using the Anglican liturgy at the Royal wedding:

"Even if William and Catherine have the Church of England’s Common Worship liturgy at their marriage service, counter-cultural (in the UK at any rate) Christian truth would get a much-needed public airing. But if they get the Book of Common Prayer, some serious punches for biblical Christianity could be landed.

Here is why the high priests of establishment political correctness could find themselves squirming in the Abbey:

• Right from the start, the Prayer Book's 'Form of Solemnization of Matrimony' insists that marriage is between a man and a woman: ‘Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this Congregation, to join together this man and this woman in holy Matrimony’.

• It insists that marriage has a transcendent, spiritual purpose that is uniquely Christian: ‘holy Matrimony (is) an honourable estate, instituted of God in the time of man’s innocency, signifiying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church’.

• It insists that sex before or outside heterosexual marriage is morally wrong: ‘It (Matrimony) was ordained for a remedy against sin, and to avoid fornication; that such persons as have not the gift of continency might marry, and keep themselves undefiled members of Christ’s body’.

• It insists that there is a final day of judgement on which the whole of mankind will appear before the Christian God. The officiating minister declares: ‘I require and charge you both, as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgement, when the secrets of all hearts will be disclosed'.

• It insists on the complementary differences between the sexes. The form of vows is different for the man and the woman. The woman promises to ‘obey’ her husband, reflecting his God-given duty to provide loving leadership in the marriage.

• It insists that it is not God's moral will for the marriage that He has made to end in divorce. Before the congregation who have just witnessed the solemn vows (in this case the nation), the minister joins their right hands together and says: ‘Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.’

All the above emphases are gross sins against the cult of secular permissiveness that has held the English-speaking world in a grip of self-obsessed superstition since the 1960s. The devil will no doubt be actively scheming to ensure that the Christian emphases at the Royal Wedding are downplayed.

But it is unlikely that he will succeed altogether. By God's grace, the couple have already chosen to get married in a building consecrated for the purposes of Christian worship.

Even in a national Church seriously debilitated by theological liberalism, it would be impossible for the Name of Jesus Christ not to be uttered in public in a positive light.

God willing, William and Catherine will get the historic liturgy of the Church of England as the form of words in which publicly to express their understanding of the God-given institution of heterosexual marriage which they have chosen to enter.

May God the Holy Trinity bless them."

Click here for the article originally posted at Cranmer's Curate.

Reasonable Christian Blog 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. 1662 Book of Common Prayer

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