Monday, January 30, 2017

For the commemoration of Charles, King & Martyr



This icon of Charles, King and Martyr at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, was blessed at Evensong yesterday. 

Today at 12.30pm there will be a said Eucharist celebrated in the Chapel Royal for the commemoration of Charles the Martyr, according to the 1637 Scottish Prayer Book. The chalice and paten used with be those presented by his son to the Chapel. Entrance via Tennis Court Lane.

Here are links to useful articles on Charles, King and Martyr:






Here is the well known hymn by Dorothy Frances Gurney, 1858 -1932, usually sung to the tune Redhead No. 76 (English Hymnal 477):

Royal Charles, who chose to die
Rather than the Faith deny,
Forfeiting his kingly pride
For the sake of Jesu’s Bride;
Lovingly his praise we sing,
England’s martyr, England’s king. 

Mirror fair of courtesy,
Flower of wedded chastity,
Humble follower day by day,
Of the Church’s holy way;
Lovingly his praise we sing,
England’s martyr, England’s King.

All the way of death he trod
For the glory of his God,
And his dying dignity
Made a bright Epiphany;
Lovingly his praise we sing,
England’s martyr, England’s king.

Bless we God the Three in One,
For all faithful ’neath the sun,
For the faithful gone before,
And for those our country bore,
Chiefly him whose praise we sing,
England’s martyr, England’s King.


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