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:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

13 January. Book of Common Prayer. Hillary, Bishop and Confessor

13 January.  Book of Common Prayer.   Hillary, Bishop and Confessor.

Hilary, Bishop (of Poitiers) and Confessor. An eminent, Gallican, Senior Presbyter-Bishop, and writer, he was sovereignly converted by the unilateral, divine and efficacious operation of the Triune God by His infallible Word—from unbelief and paganism in adulthood.  He was turned into a sensible man after being dead in his sins, trespasses and manifold wickednesses. Like Ambrose, he was appointed by acclamation from a lay position to the see of Poitiers (A.D. 350). His life was chiefly devoted to the struggle against Arianism and Semi-Arianism, both in the East and in the West; for this service in doctrinal combat, he was exiled by Constantius. However, he restored for three years before his death in A.D. 368. He was one of the earliest of the Latin defenders of the faith, both in exegetical and dogmatic works. From his day "Hilary Term" is named in British schools. -- January 13th.

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