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, December 13, 2014

13 December. Day of Remembrance: 1662 Book of Common Prayer: Lucy, Martyr

13 December.  Day of Remembrance: 1662 Book of Common Prayer:  Lucy, Martyr

The 1662 BCP needs to clean up the virgin-part, to wit, nearwise all confessing females are called virgins as if marriage was dishonorable.  The BCP needs work.  We remember her as a matter of church history and not superstitious veneration like the bishops of Italy or Constantinople.  Nonetheless, she is remembered in church history.  We don’t toss the BCP like some Reformed and Anabaptist radicals, but we reform and conserve the better elements.

Lucy, Virgin and Martyr (of Syracuse); a martyr, according to tradition, in the 4th century, under Diocletian, by torture. Her legend is much like those of St. Agatha and St. Agnes. -- December 13th.

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