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We Wish You a Merry Saturnalia: Northern Churchman

We Wish You a Merry Saturnalia? The Northern Churchman There is a familiar feel to this time of year. The Christmas advertising on television, the darker evenings, the Carol Services – and the inevitable scoffers who call the Christmas story a myth. Not ‘Once in Royal...

Mark Pickles: The Story of Two Trampolines

Gospel-Driven Anglicanism By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles The Story of the Two Trampolines:  A passage that is frequently referred to during times of great revival is Isaiah 64:1-3:  “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your...

Ten Thousand Bibles for London’s Children

TBS Auxiliary Meets Ten Thousand Bibles For London’s Children The Greater London Auxiliary of the Trinitarian Bible Society was delighted to report at its Annual Meeting held on 15 November that over 10,000 Bibles have been distributed to London schools since the...

Good News for Egypt’s Christians

Barnabas Fund Reports Good News for Egypt’s Christians The government of Egypt licensed 125 churches and church-affiliated buildings on 14 November. It is the 24th batch of approvals made since the government committee overseeing the licensing process started work in...

Church Society’s Response to MP Ben Bradshaw

Church Society’s Response to MP Ben Bradshaw In the aftermath of Desmond Tutu’s daughter being refused permission to preside at a funeral in a Church of England parish, Labour MP Ben Bradshaw told The Guardian that the “C of E must move swiftly to welcome lesbian...

Collins: Who’s Your Righteousness?

Who’s Your Righteousness? By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins Who’s your righteousness? "The Lord our Righteousness" was the sermon preached March 20, 1757 at St. Mary's Church in Oxford. It offended nearly everyone that day and William Romaine was invited to never preach...

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Act of 1963

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Act of 1963 Persons Against Whom Proceedings May be Instituted. Proceedings under this Measure may be instituted against an archbishop, any diocesan bishop or any suffragan bishop commissioned by a diocesan bishop or any other bishop or a...

Editorial: Joy to the World Cup

Editorial Joy to the World Cup The result of the 2022 FIFA World Cup is already in. And it appears the Church of England has lost. The latest advice from the Church of England’s Support Hub is for parishes to consider the timing of Christmas Carol Services to avoid...

Symes to Step Down from Anglican Mainstream Leadership

Symes to Step Down from Anglican Mainstream Leadership By Chris Sugden Andrew Symes is to stand down as Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream on January 1, 2023, after nearly ten years in post. Rev Symes, 56, who had earlier served with Crosslinks in South...

Retired Bishop Given Life Suspension

Retired Bishop Given Life Suspension By George Conger The former Bishop of Ramsbury has been suspended for life from the ordained ministry after he admitted to having sexually abused two women. The Daily Mail reported the Rt Rev. Peter Hullah had been the subject of...

Lamentation of a Sinner

The Lamentation of a Sinner

This is taken from the short book, The Lamentation of a Sinner.  It was written by the late Queen of England, Katherine Parr (1512-1548), widow of King Henry VIII.  She had a lively faith and published the book the year after Henry’s death. 

“I professed Christ in my baptism when I began to live but as life continued, I swerved from Him even as an unbaptised heathen.  Christ was innocent and void of all sin; and I wallowed in filthy sin and was free from no sin.  Christ was obedient unto His Father, even to the death of the cross; and I disobedient and most stubborn, even to the confusion of truth.  Christ was innocent.  Christ was meek and humble in heart; and I most proud and vainglorious.  Christ despised the world with all its vanities; and because of the vanities, I made it my God.  Christ came to serve His brethren; and I desired to rule over them.  Christ despised worldly honour; and I much delighted to attain it.  Christ loved the base and simple things of the world and I esteemed the most fair and pleasant things.  Christ loved poverty; and I loved wealth.  Christ was gentle and merciful to the poor, and I, hard-hearted and ungentle.  Christ prayed for his enemies; and I hated mine.  Christ rejoiced in the conversion of sinners; and I was not grieved to see them return to their sin.

By this declaration, all may understand how far I was from Christ, and without Christ: yes, how contrary to Christ, although I bore the name of a Christian.  So much that, if any man had said I had been without Christ, I would have rigidly opposed them.  And yet, I neither knew Christ, nor why He came.  As concerning the effect and purpose of His coming, I had a certain vain, blind knowledge, both cold and dead, which may be had with all sin: as plainly true based on this my confession and open declaration.”

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