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Letters from the week of 10 - 6 June 2019

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The New/Old Prayer Book

In the celebration of the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549 (see last week's front page) we ought not to forget that it was not happily and peacefully received in many (most?) places in England.

Lord Russel arrested 900 anti-Prayer Book rebels at Cyst Heath, bound and gagged them, and then cut their throats.

A Prayer Book supporter (William Hellyons) in Stamford Courtenay came out of the church house and was stabbed in the neck with a pitchfork and then his body chopped into small pieces.

There were deadly, murderous riots all over Cornwall (where the people did not speak English) and in Exeter, the vicar of St. Thomas Church raised a rabble army of as many as 6000, surrounded the city for a month, and refused to use the new book. He was finally arrested and hanged— in his vestments and in chains—from a gallows on the tower of his church—and his body left there until it rotted in order to encourage obedience and the universal use of the new Book.

Well, that’s one way to introduce a new liturg…

Fr. John-Julian, OJN
The Order of Julian of Norwich
Hartland, Wisconsin, USA
10 June 2019

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