Saturday, January 30, 2010

Charles Stuart, King & Martyr

Painting by Ernest Crofts of King Charles
being led to his execution (London, UK, 1901)

6.30 p.m. Solemn Evensong & Benediction
in the Patmos House Chapel tomorrow night
- Sunday 31st January -
will be in honour of King Charles.

(Cnr Heidelberg St & Heath St, East Brisbane)

"Charles did not want to die; he had much to live for. He was very much in love with his wife, Henrietta Maria, and she with him. He was devoted to her and to his six children-three sons and three daughters. It was a happy family which lived high moral lives in an era when the royal families in Europe lived dissolute lives. The importance of Charles I is the fact that he had a choice. The Puritans had offered to save his life if he would renounce the throne, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Church of England. Charles refused! Instead he lay down his life for the principles in which he believed. By his death he saved the Episcopate-and thus the Church of England. Charles I was the only English king who gave up his life for the Church."
(From a paper given to the American branch of the Society of King Charles the Martyr in 2002 by Professor William K. Tinkham in 2002)

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