Collect: William Laud (Jan 10)

In the words of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music:

Laud’s reputation has remained 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 sincere convictions. But in  many ways he was out of step with the views of the majority of his countrymen, especially about the “Divine Right of Kings.”

Despite his controversial reputation the Church remembers him on January 10 every year. In the Collect we ask for constancy in our faith and a zealousness in our witness to Jesus Christ. As we make our prayer and our witness, may our zeal always be tempered with compassion and love. ~Fr. Dan

Keep us, O Lord, constant in faith and zealous in witness, that, like your servant William Laud, we may live in your fear, die in your favor, and rest in your peace; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2006

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Author: Daniel Rondeau

I am a husband and father and an Episcopal Priest (from the Diocese of San Diego; "Retired" due to illness).

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