“The monarchy faces difficulties as it prepares for the coronation of Prince Charles at the sad moment when our present Queen dies. Secularism will try to rubbish the highly potent Christian content of the coronation; and Islam is likely to claim that it wants to be recognised within it in some way… So we face a struggle for the integrity of Christianity provoked by the issues that a Christian coronation ceremony brings up in a so-called multicultural Britain. I can see why the monarchy’s advisers are anxious about how to play the future. In my view you gain nothing by watering down Christianity. It’s wrong in principle and foolish in practice. It’s like paying Danegeld—and look what that achieved.”
O, how the mighty have fallen! He is right, of course. I can think of a whole list of Kings and Archbishops of Canterbury who must be looking down from heaven with dismay, by this time…
Still, God is in charge of history, and his time is not our time – “My ways are not your ways, nor your thoughts, my thoughts, saith the Lord.” The Iberian Peninsula was a Muslim caliphate for 700 years before the final success of the Reconquista. I may not live to see Britain and Europe restored, if they fall the rest of the way down the slope they’re sliding down currently, but I can hope and pray that it will happen, someday!
“Laud’s reputation remains controversial to this day. Honored as a martyr and condemned as an intolerant bigot, he was compassionate in his defense of the rights of the common people against the landowners. He was honest, devout, loyal to the king and to the rights and privileges of the Church of England. He tried to reform and protect the Church in accordance with his convictions – though these attempts at reform were marred by his treatment of those who strenuously disagreed with him theologically and liturgically. In many ways he was out of step with the views of the majority of his countrymen, especially in his espousal of royal Stuart views of the ‘Divine Rights of Kings.’ The historian Nicholas Tyacke rates Laud as one of the greatest of the Archbishops of Canterbury, not giving him complete approval, but recognizing that his contribution to the future of the English Church was of major importance.”
While all things were in quiet silence, and night was in the midst of her swift course, thine Almighty Word, O Lord, leapt down from Heaven, out of thy royal throne. Alleluia! (traditional Christmas antiphon)
O God, who hast caused this holy night to shine with the illumination of the true Light: Grant us, we beseech thee, that as we have known the mystery of that Light upon earth, so may we also perfectly enjoy him in heaven; where with thee and the Holy Spirit he liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Alleluia! Christ, our Saviour, is born! Alleluia!
Wishing all my readers a merry, holy, and blessed Christmas.
Is more secularism the answer to Islamic terror? Certainly not, a retired Anglican bishop who works on behalf of the persecuted church says. The only force he says is capable of unifying Europe and preserving western civilization is Christianity.
This was first published a year ago, but it’s just as true now as it was then.
“The truth of the matter is that Europe needs to recover its grand narrative by which to live, by which to determine what is true, good and beneficial for its people. The nostrums of Marxism and Fascism have brought frightful suffering for its people. Now another totalitarian ideology threatens. A truly plural space can only be guaranteed by intrinsically Christian ideas of the dignity of the human person, respect for conscience, equality of persons and freedom not only to believe but to manifest our beliefs in the public space, without discrimination against or violence to those who do not share them,” Nazir-Ali writes. Continue reading “Only Christian faith will save Europe, Anglican bishop says after Paris attacks”
“North Americans, especially Episcopalians, hold onto dated, romantic perceptions of England and the English. They tend to view Britain through a Downton Abbey lens, but that country has long since ceased to exist, its lifeblood drained out in Flanders Fields. Yes, we should admire the courage and tenacity of the 20th-century British, but let us never forget that the price of standing firm was beyond what the nation could afford.”
Perhaps the saddest thing of all is that the Great War, and for that matter its “second chapter,” never had to happen… foolish choices, some rooted in arrogance, some in idealism, brought this upon England, Europe, and the world. Will we ever learn?
“I believe there is no Liturgy in the world, either in ancient or modern language, which breathes more of a solid, scriptural, rational piety than the Common Prayer of the Church of England.”
~ John Wesley: founder of Methodism, and a Presbyter (Priest) in the Church of England
As someone who was born, baptized, and raised in the Methodist tradition of Christianity, with a grandfather – the Rev. Dr. Carl W. Reamer, pictured below – who was not only an ordained Methodist minister but the only member of our family thus far to earn a doctorate (Doctor of Theology, from Rutgers University), this quote means a lot to me!
I have always felt – and argued, with parents who were none too keen on the idea, initially – that my embrace of the classical Anglican tradition was not so much a “conversion” as it was a completion: a return to what John Wesley had envisioned all along! I like to think, and hope, that Granddad Reamer would have agreed.