Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Society of Archbishops Cranmer and Laud

The Society is established to be beneficial to members of the Anglican Church, particularly the clergy and especially those in the traditional Anglican community, who desire to see the Anglican Christianity of the Book of Common Prayer strengthened and preserved.

Why Archbishops Cranmer & Laud?
"We must honour Thomas Cranmer and be grateful to him, for in the English Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, the Book of Homilies, he helped translate and reform the faith and worship of the English speaking world, recalling it to a simpler more direct proclamation of Christ and the Gospel. His faith enriches ours day by day and week by week whenever we pick up the Scriptures, open the Prayer Book, and indeed, whenever we open our mouths, for along with Shakespeare, the English Bible (revised again in 1611, admittedly) and the Book of Common Prayer are as formative of our very language as they are of our faith."
The Rev'd David Garrett, the Prayer Book Society of Canada

"Gratefully remembered by scholars, Laud has found apologists among the clergy of the Church for which he died, but he is not generally loved. If his methods had been mistaken, his diagnosis of the ills of the Anglican Church has been right and his vision for its improvement had been lofty. . . .Had he succeeded in what he meant to do, he would be one of the great architects of the English Church. He failed, and sealed his failure with his blood. He stands with Archbishop Cranmer as an imperfect and much criticised man, but in the final record a faithful servant and martyr whose blood has been the seed of the Church."
Historian C.V. Wedgewood in The King's War

Principles of the Society:
1) The spread of the Christianity as enshrined in the faith of the historic Church of England, Reformed and Protestant according to the principles of the Ancient Catholic Church (after the teaching of Bp. Cosin), as taken from the One canon of Holy Scripture in the Two Testaments, as taught in the Three Creeds of Western Christendom, as clarified by the Four Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Church, as practiced during the first Five centuries of the ancient Church (after the teaching of Bishop Lancelot Andrewes, Abp. Laud’s mentor).

2) Dedication to the prayerful study of the Holy Scriptures and ancient Fathers and Doctors of the Church, per the principles of Abp. Cranmer during the Reformation.

3) Holding to the doctrinal teachings of the Reformed Church of England as clarified in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion and as understood in their historical context based on a patristic and reformed foundation.

4) Holding to the sacramental teachings of Anglicanism as espoused in the Church of England’s 39 Articles, the Catechism of the 1662 Prayer Book, the 1662-1928 Prayer Books, and the Ordinal, stressing the preeminence of Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.

5) Dedication to the continued use of the classic English translation of Holy Scripture, the 1611 text dedicated to King James I or a close derivation or revision thereof (RSV, ESV, ASV, NKJV).

6) Perpetuation of the use of the classical and orthodox Church of England Prayer Books of 1549, 1662, and 1928, the 1928 American Prayer Book and the 2003 Prayer Book of the Reformed Episcopal Church (containing the 1662 English and 1928 American services), and the 1962 Canadian Book of Common Prayer.

7) Dedication to the study of the Anglican divines, particularly of the Reformation and Restoration periods.


Texanglican (R.W. Foster+) said...

Your new society has my support, Father. Please let know what I can do to help it flourish.
Rev. Randall Foster
St. Vincent's Cathedral, diocese of Fort Worth

Anonymous said...

Wither the Fifth and Sixth General Council's, which are essential to balance and correctly construe the Fourth (to insure aagainst Nestorian and Monothelyte constructions of the Fourth).

Also, the Seventh Council, properly understood, not as authorizing worship of statuary or humanistic art, but rather the veneration of two-dimensional, stylized images depicting Christ and Christ in his Saints, is essential to proper Orthodox-Catholic Anglicanism. IMHO, modern interaction with the Christian East would convince both Laud and Cramner of these points.

Rev. Dr. Hassert said...

No rejection of the other Ecumenical Councils intended--just like the ring of the pnemonic from blessed Andrewes. Given that all of the Anglican bodies I know embrace all 7 of the councils, I didn't think it would be a problem to use the old Andrewes standard. Also, note the "icons" of Cranmer and Laud. However, I will post the fine essay of Father Moss about the CoE and the 7th Council in short order.

Rev. Dr. Hassert said...

"IMHO, modern interaction with the Christian East would convince both Laud and Cramner of these points."

It did indeed convince Laud of the point--I know he had at least one or two statues of Christ and the Virgin placed in Churches of the realm.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification. Count me in.

Rev. Dr. Hassert said...


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