Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Spare a Prayer

Good Christian, of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of His Eminence the Cardinal Archbishop of Canterbury and Legate of the Holy See, Reginald Pole, son of St Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, the last of the Plantagenets, who suffered for the Faith at the age of eighty under wicked Henry VIII; and for Her Majesty the late Queen Mary I of England: for both died but hours apart on the 17th of November 1558, 450 years ago yesterday.

While their brave attempt to repair the breaches opened up by the Protestant Reformers and rebuild merry England as a Catholic kingdom, faithful to Peter and Mary's Dowry, failed, owing to the inscrutable designs of Providence, which permits suffering and evil that unguessed good may come of it, in the sight of God we may pray that their good works have gone before them, and that they may be merry with the Lord and all His saints in the everlasting kingdom.

Requiescant in pace.  Amen.

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