A Prison Prayer of Master Ridley-Upon this Day they were Martyred

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Regi Addictissimus

Completely sold out to the King

Upon this day in 1555, Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, two of the Oxford Martyrs, were burned alive at the stake for being vocal critics of transubstantiation, purgatory, and Rome's version of justification.

We often overlook these two bold vanguards of the Reformation for more well-known figures. Let us never forget the sacrifices they made for the sake of the unadulterated gospel. Sadly, the church so often neglects the same sacrament that many gave their lives to defend.

Here is a prison prayer of Master Ridley for the true doctrine of the sacrament to break forth:

We ask thee this, O merciful Father, not in respect of our deserts, but for thy dear Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s sake. Thou knowest, O heavenly Father, that the controversy about the sacrament of the blessed body and blood of thy dear Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, hath troubled, not of late only, thy church of England, France, Germany, and Italy, but also many years ago. The fault is ours, no doubt, thereof, for we have deserved thy plague…

O Lord, we beseech thee, for whom thy martyr Stephen did pray, and whom thine holy Apostle did so truly and earnestly love, that, for their salvation, he wished himself accursed from thee. Remember, O heavenly Father, the prayer of thy dear Son our Saviour Christ upon the cross, when he said unto thee: “O Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” With this forgiveness, O good Lord, give me, I beseech thee, thy grace, so here briefly to set forth the sayings of thy Son our Saviour Christ, of his Evangelists, and of his Apostles, that, in this aforesaid controversy, the light of thy truth, by the lantern of thy word, may shine upon all them that love thee.

Ridley, Nicholas. The Works of Nicholas Ridley, D.D. Ed. Henry Christmas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1843. Print.
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