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, December 30, 2014

30 December 1558 A.D. John Jewel, Queen Elizabeth, & Liturgical Alterations

30 December 1558 A.D.  John Jewel, Queen Elizabeth, & Liturgical Alterations

See:  He [John Jewell] found England, by his own account, in a worse state than he expected: the Pope not yet expelled: no part of religion restored: the mass everywhere predominant: the pomp and insolence of the bishops the same as before the reformation. Yet all this beginning to change, and displaying indications of a rapid downfall.  Of the queen's disposition he speaks favorably, as prudent, courageous, and pious, though impeded by her counselors, and still more by the pertinacious adherence of the bishops to their old faith.  The queen's proclamation of Dec. 30th, 1558, had forbidden any immediate alteration in the state of religion, or innovation in rites or ceremonies; sanctioning only, for the present, the use of the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Epistle and Gospel, in the English language—which was accordingly commenced on the ensuing Sunday, Jan. 1, 1558-9; and had made provision for a revision of the Liturgy.”

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