Sunday, 9 December 2012

Blue Dolly Day...

''And first for the Blessed Virgin Mary, I yield her that which the Angel Gabriel pronounced of her, which in her Canticle she prophesied of herself, that is, that she is blessed among women, and that all generations shall call her blessed. I reverence her as the Mother of Christ, of whom our Saviour took His flesh, and so The Mother of God, since the divinity and humanity of Christ are inseperable. And I freely confess that she is in glory both above angels and men, her own Son (that is both God and man) only excepted. But I dare not mock her, and blaspheme against God, calling her not only Diva but Dea, and praying her to command and control her Son, who is her God and her Saviour. Nor yet not, I think, that she hath no other thing to do in Heaven than to hear every idle man's suit and busy herself in their errands, whiles requesting, whiles commanding her Son, whiles coming down to kiss and make love with priests, and whiles disputing and brawling with devils. In Heaven she is in eternal glory and joy, never to be interrupted with any worldly business; and there I leave her with her blessed Son, our Saviour and hers, in eternal felicity.'' (King James I, A Premonition to All Most Might Monarchs, Kings, Free Princes, and States of Christendom).

All part of the Roman Catholic tradition.


  1. All part of the Roman Catholic tradition.?

    This is the Faith of the Church in England as believed through the teaching of the Seven Ecumenical Councils. Long before Trent!

  2. Please enter the url for this quote. I agree with it.

  3. Very sorry, everyone, but I am having tremendous difficulty with my desktop at the moment, which is crippling in so many ways.

    Auriel Ragmon, I found this quotation in More, P.E and Cross, F.L (1962) Anglicanism, The Thought and Practice of the Church of England illustrated from the Religious Literature of the Seventeenth Century, London: SPCK. An invaluable resource but there are some glaring omissions, such as +Lancelot Andrewes' Preces Privatae, which would make a splendid Christmass present (!), and for this reason the anthology needs to be supplemented by other works in order to give a balanced view of the period, which was undoubtedly the Golden Age of Anglicanism.