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June 29, 2007

Lighting Such a Fire

Hugh_latimer Quick pop quiz:

Which British martyr was burned at the stake in 1555 under the rule of Mary I (otherwise known as "Bloody Mary")?

Unless you're up on your Foxe's Book of Martyrs trivia, you're probably still scratching your head. That's okay, because you don't need to know his name to observe the fruit of his sacrifice. But for the sake of narrative flow, his name was Hugh Latimer and he gave his life for Christian orthodoxy. I won't go into the intricate details of 16th-century British politics, but I'll just tell you that Queen Mary hated him for his staunch defense of Christianity, so she disposed of him and his good friend Nicholas Ridley.

As the fires swirled around Latimer, he bravely exhorted Ridley:

Be of good cheer, Master Ridley, and play the man, for we shall this day light such a candle  in England as I trust by God's grace shall never be put out.

Want to see that candle? Come with me to the same location on Broad Street in Oxford where Latimer and Ridley died and see what's happening there today.

HT: Christian Hofreiter

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