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:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

10 August 258 A.D. 1662 Book of Common Prayer: Lawrence, 258 A.D., a Martyr

10 August 258 A.D.  1662 Book of Common Prayer:  Lawrence, 258 A.D., a Martyr. 

While we occasionally complain about a few note heres and there, we are ever-thankful for the historic mindedness of old school Anglicans.   We surely are not Americans with anti-history and anti-intellectualism in our doctrinal, worship or piety DNA.  Americans think the church started with R.C. Sproul, John Piper, Mark Driscoll or some other oddball.  Or, as bad, that the church begin with the American rebellion from England. Or, the church began with the Reformers or Puritans. 

St. Lawrence, Martyr, the chief Deacon of the Church of Rome under Sextus II., and martyred after him in A.D. 258, in the persecution of Valerian. He was tortured for refusing to the up the Church treasures, and broiled to death on an iron frame like a gridiron. His name is commemorated in the Calendar of 354, and found in the Sacramentary of Gregory the Great. No martyrdom seems to have made more impression in the Middle Ages, or to have been more hallowed by festal celebration and dedication of churches, both in the East and the West. -- August 10th.

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