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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 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Morning Prayer: 1662 Book of Common Prayer

I will be posting the Morning and Evening Prayer services on my other blog, 1662 Book of Common Prayer: Daily Prayer.  Today's Morning Prayer service with the lessons and today's collect is posted at August 23rd.

I am doing this because all the links at Linda Howell's 1662 Book of Common Prayer site do not work for the daily Scripture lessons.  Also, I found that Miss Howell did not use the 1662 Lectionary for the lessons but instead used the 1871 Lectionary.  The 1662 Lectionary is more complete and includes longer readings for those who wish to read systematically through the Bible while praying daily through the Bible verses in the prayer book and the collects.  

Liturgy is important and so is a systematic reading through the Bible since as we pray so are we.  There is something to be said for learning the catechisms, Bible verses, and daily prayers by heart.  Saying the catholic or universal creeds helps us to understand what the church has always taught--even before the Papists hijacked the Bible and the traditions of the church after the 4th century.  This culminated in the Great Schism of the 11th century and the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century.  The genius of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer was in teaching the doctrines of grace, the Scriptures, and the doctrine of justification by faith alone in the liturgy of the 1552 Book of Common Prayer.  His legacy in the 42 Articles of Religion and the 1552 BCP is largely preserved in the Anglican Formularies: The 1662 Book of Common Prayer, the 39 Articles of Religion, and the Homilies. (Cf.  Ashley Null:  Liturgy as Catechesis).

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