Archbishop Cranmer, burned at the stake on this day in 1556
Let us pause from the noise and frenzy to recollect the burning on this day of His Grace 'the heretic'; the last Archbishop of Canterbury to be appointed by a pope.
Almighty and everliving God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be make partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God,for ever and ever. Amen.
Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life.