Our faith rests on the unerring truth of the Gospel, Holy Scripture, and the redeeming sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. As St. Thomas More observed, we hold our faith in our hands like water, whole and complete, from which all who thirst for salvation may be refreshed, knowing that if we open our fingers even slightly, what was once whole slips through our fingers and is lost; the whole becomes a part and the part grows less and less until the truth falls away completely and our hands are left empty. When Christian churches choose to let fall away fundamental truths of the Gospel and replace the words of Our Lord and his apostles with compromise, political correctness, expediency, and a rush to embrace vain trends of the secular world, we are called to stand fast in the faith given us by Christ Jesus, his apostles and saints. We affirm our Catholic and Anglican heritage, holding fast and witnessing to the faith received once for all, eternal and unchanging.
We acknowledge our Anglican heritage as that of the martyrs and saints who were the first fruits of the Christian faith in Britain. We acknowledge that we are Catholics in faith and practice, for our Mother the Church has many daughters and we are among her eldest. We worship God alone in the unity of the most Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We honor and revere the saints of God by whose sacrifices and examples we are called to witness our Christian faith, knowing that they stand before the throne of God the Father in praise, joining their prayers to ours for the salvation of the world. We venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother, by whose obedience to God's command our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was made man.
Praise and glory and honor and majesty be to our risen Lord Jesus Christ, by whose glorious resurrection we are saved unto eternal life.
Almighty God, we give thanks unto Thee that by Thy word the Blessed Virgin Mary was born chaste and free of sin; through whose virginity was born our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to be the redeemer of the world. Even as the angels honored the Virgin, so do we venerate the same Handmaid of the Lord who remained obedient to the word of God and a light to all who believe.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019 SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE TRINITY FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
Simon Sudbury was born at Sudbury in Suffolk. In 1361, he was appointed Bishop of London and on 1375,he succeeded William Whittlesey as archbishop of Canterbury. In January 1380, Sudbury became Lord Chancellor of England. A rebellion in Kent targeted Sudbury, regarding him as one of the principal authors of their woes. Kentish insurgents attacked and damaged the archbishop's property at Canterbury and Lambeth; then, rushing into the Tower of London, they seized the archbishop himself. Sudbury was dragged to Tower Hill and, on 14 June 1381, was beheaded.
William Laud was the Archbishop of Canterbury during the personal rule of Charles I. In matters of church policy, Laud was autocratic. Laudianism refers to a collection of rules on matters of ritual that were enforced by Laud in order to maintain uniform worship in England and Wales, in line with the king's wishes. They were precursors to later High Church movement. In theology, Laud was accused of being an opponent of Calvinism and covertly favoring Roman Catholicism. He was regarded by Puritans in parliament as a formidable and dangerous enemy. Laud was tried for treason by the calvinist Parliament and on 10 January 1645, he was beheaded at the age of 71. The exection of Charles I would soon follow.
MARTYRED ARCHBISHOPS OF THE ENGLISH CHURCH
Thomas Cranmer was the Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I. He supported the principle of Royal Supremacy over the Church. He established the first doctrinal and liturgical structures of the Church of England. He made no radical changes in the Church, due to power struggles between religious conservatives and reformers. He wrote two editions of the Book of Common Prayer, modifying doctrines in the Eucharist, clerical celibacy, the role of images, and the veneration of saints. During the reign of Mary I, Cranmer was put on trial for treason and heresy. Imprisoned for two years, he apparently reconciled himself with the Roman Catholic Church. However, on the day of his execution (March 21, 1556), he withdrew his recantations and died a martyr of the English Reformation.
WHY WE ARE ANGLICAN CATHOLICS
Thomas Becketwas Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Roman Church and the Anglican Communion. Despite a long friendship with king Henry II, Becket was soon engaged in conflict with the king over the rights and privileges of the Church. The rift between king and bishop grew until Becket’s refusal to endorse new laws extending royal authority over the church lead the king to wish for Becket’s removal from office. Thomas Becket was murdered in the cathedral at Canterbury by two knights loyal to Henry.
Who We Are
The Anglican Catholic Church of Saint Mary the Virgin is a small but growing mission parish within the Anglican Province of Christ the King. We are a Continuing Anglican church in which we worship Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God, and honor the Blessed Virgin. We are former Episcopalians, Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Methodists, Mormons: a home for all those who wish to worship Our Lord in faithful obedience to His word.
We make a joyful noise unto the Lord in thanksgiving for his sacrifice, once offered, for the salvation of the world.
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