Saturday, January 30, 2010

King Charles the Martyr

Today in 1649, King Charles I was executed by the Puritan Parliament led by Oliver Cromwell. The High Church party in the Church of England has long regarded King Charles as a Christian martyr.

O ALMIGHTY GOD, look down, we beseech thee, upon thy Holy Catholic Church in England, in defense of which Thy blessed martyr Charles shed his blood. Mercifully deliver us from such persecutions as our forefathers in his time endured, raise up unto us wise and holy prelates to fill chairs of those for whose hierarchy he suffered; root out from among us all heresy, schism, and sacrilege; forgive our iniquities, heal our dissensions, make wise our ignorance; that we being aided by his powerful intercession, the light of the true faith may shine throughout the land, and coldness and error may be chased from our midst; through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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