English Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation Era

Reblogging a thoughtful post by Malcolm Guite a few years ago which points out the remarkable nature of today’s feast which celebrates the saints and martyrs of both “sides” in the terrible conflicts of the Reformation (not to be forgotten in our wider celebrations of it) as we pray for the peace of the church in a well-crafted collect:

Merciful God,
who, when your Church on earth was torn apart
by the ravages of sin,
raised up men and women in this land
who witnessed to their faith with courage and constancy:
give to your Church that peace which is your will,
and grant that those who have been divided on earth
may be reconciled in heaven
and share together in the vision of your glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Malcolm’s post is here (including two of his lovely sonnets): English Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation Era