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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: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Common-Prayer-Biography-Religious/dp/0691154813/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417814005&sr=8-1&keywords=jacobs+book+of+common+prayer. January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Cranmer-English-Reformation-1489-1556/dp/1592448658/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420055574&sr=8-1&keywords=A.F.+Pollard+Cranmer. February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at: http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Cranmer-Jasper-Ridley/dp/0198212879/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422892154&sr=8-1&keywords=jasper+ridley+cranmer&pebp=1422892151110&peasin=198212879

Sunday, November 23, 2014

23 November. 1662 Book of Common Prayer: Clement of Rome (ONLINE RESOURCES)


23 November.  1662 Book of Common Prayer.  Clement of Rome.
Clement, Presiding Presbyter and Bishop (of Rome) in the first century. According to Irenรฆus, he was the third after the death of Peter and Paul. Eusebius places Clement’s death in A.D. 95 or 100. The old tradition, from Origen downwards (uncertain but not improbable), makes him the "Clement the fellow labourer" of St. Paul (Phil. iv. 3). His Epistle to the Corinthians, written late in the first century (and at one time read as of almost canonical authority), is of deep interest and historical value in relation to the Scriptural Epistles.  One will discern very obvious affinities with Paul’s theology of sin, justification, predestination. Clement sounds nearwise like Paul.  This cannot be good news to Semi-Pelagians, Arminians, Tractoes and Costalizers. It ends with a noble prayer, perhaps the first specimen of a Christian liturgy. Of his life and death little is known. Varied introductions are given in the online resources below.
Estimated Range of Dating: 80-140 A.D.
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Online Text for First Clement

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