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Saturday, 21 June 2014

And some very fine TV....

I don't seem to be able to find a longer clip but the scene of Cardinal Fisher going to his death in The Tudors was one of the most powerful and beautiful depictions of courageous martyrdom ever committed to film.

When he asked the people for their help in praying that he would have the strength for what lay ahead, there cannot have been a viewer who did not weep.

We were fortunate enough to see this fine, fine actor, Bosco Hogan, on stage in Dublin years ago, can't remember which Brian Friel play.

From a semon of St John's:
Lord, according to Thy promise that the Gospel should be preached throughout the whole world, raise up men fit for such work. 
The Apostles were but soft and yielding clay till they were baked hard by the fire of the Holy Ghost. 
So, good Lord, do now in like manner with Thy Church militant, change and make the soft and slippery earth into hard stones. 
Set in the Thy Church strong and mighty pillars that may suffer and endure great labors--watching, poverty, thirst, hunger, cold and heat--which also shall not fear the threatenings of princes, persecution, neither death, but always persuade and think with themselves to suffer with a good will, slanders, shame, and all kinds of torments, for the glory and laud of Thy Holy Name. 
By this manner, good Lord, the truth of Thy Gospel shall be preached throughout the world. Therefore, merciful Lord, exercise Thy mercy, show it indeed upon Thy Church. Amen
St John Fisher, pray for us! (I think we have quite enough of the slippery and soft in leadership positions in our Your Church.)

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