Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Wordsworth's Tribute to John Wycliffe

Dr. John Wycliffe
"Morning Star
of the Reformation"

Wordsworth’s tribute to John Wycliffe:

“Wycliffe is disinterred,
Yea, his dry bones to ashes are consumed,
And flung into the brook that travels near:
Forthwith that ancient Voice which streams can hear
Thus speaks—(that Voice which walks upon the wind,
Though seldom heard by busy human kind),
As thou these ashes, little brook, will bear
Into the Avon—Avon to the tide
Of Severn—Severn—to the narrow seas—
Into mid ocean they—this deed accurst
And emblem yields to friends and enemies,
How the bold teacher’s doctrine, sanctified
By Truth, shall spread, through all the world dispersed.”
St. Mary's Anglican Church, Lutterworth, UK
Dr. Wycliffe's final service as Rector