Thomas Cranmer, burned at the stake on this day 1556
This Good Friday falls early this year, and gives pause to recollect the burning this date of His Grace, Henry VIII’s Archbishop of Canterbury, author of this gentle prayer for Holy Week:
Almighty and everliving God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be make partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God,for ever and ever. Amen.
A fitting tribute to His Grace on this fateful day - earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life.