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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, October 13, 2014

13 October. 1662 Book of Common Prayer: Translation of King Edward the Confessor

13 October.  1662 Book of Common Prayer:  Translation of King Edward the Confessor

No author. “St. Edward the Confessor.” Westminster Abbey . N.d.   Accessed 27 May 2014.  

St Edward the Confessor Abbey is a place of pilgrimage.  For many centuries pilgrims have come to venerate the relics of St Edward the Confessor, King of England 1042–1066, and re-founder of Westminster Abbey who is buried at the heart of the Abbey Church.

A confessor is a saint who shows particular courage in publicly bearing witness to their faith in Christ, without being a martyr who gives their life for Christ.  Not long after his death Edward was already seen to have been a man of particular holiness, a kind of crowned monk.  He was declared a saint in 1161, and was especially venerated by many subsequent kings.

He rebuilt and greatly enriched Westminster Abbey, turning it into a national institution, and was buried here.  On 13th October 1163, two years after his canonisation, his body was moved, or ‘translated’, to a shrine in the church which he had built.  On the same date in 1269 his body was translated again to the shrine in the newly-built gothic Abbey.  His relics, which attracted many pilgrims, are still housed in this shrine.  It was veneration of Edward that led to Westminster becoming the coronation church and the burial place of so many other kings and queens.  It is with justice that the Abbey considers him to be its founder.

Each October, the Abbey holds a week of festivities, praise, and prayer to honour St Edward the Confessor’s feast-day, including a National Pilgrimage.

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