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27th February 2019

Archbishop Thomas Cranmer – the compiler of the Book of Common Prayer used today in
many churches across the country – will be commemorated with special ceremonies in
Oxford on March 21, the anniversary of his death in 1556 when he was burnt at the stake on
former wasteland better known today as Broad Street.

The day will start at 11 am in the Church of St Michael at the North Gate in Cornmarket
Street where Matins will be conducted by the vicar, the Rev Anthony Buckley. The preacher
will be the Rev Marcus Walker, rector of St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield, City of
London. He is a former associate director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and a former
president of the Oxford Union.

The service will be followed by a procession led by clergy to the spot where Cranmer died,
marked by a cross in the road. After prayers have been said, a contemporary account of the
martyrdom will be read to those present before the procession continues to the Martyrs'
Memorial – a stone monument at the intersection of St Giles', Magdalen Street and
Beaumont Street, outside Balliol College – where a wreath will be laid.

A two-course lunch at Balliol College can be booked in advance. For details visit or call 0118 984 2582. The booking deadline is March 4.
For the first time this year the commemoration will continue into the afternoon with lectures
at Pusey House, the Anglican religious institution in St Giles which promotes theological

The chaplain of Oriel College, the Rev Dr Rob Wainwright, will speak at 2 pm. His subject
will be I believe in the English Reformation. At 4 pm the Rev Dr George Westhaver, principal
of Pusey House, will deliver a lecture entitled The Reformation and the Oxford Movement.
The day will conclude with Evensong at 5 pm.

The commemoration of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer is an annual event organised by
members of the Oxford Branch of the Prayer Book Society which encourages rediscovery
and use of the majesty and spiritual depth of The Book of Common Prayer at the heart of the
Church of England’s worship.

‘We very much hope that local schools, Oxford University’s history students and ordinands
from the city’s theological colleges will be among those who join us this year for the moving
commemoration ceremony in Broad Street,’ says the event organiser, John Service of the
Prayer Book Society.

 For more information about arrangements for the commemoration on March 21 call the
Prayer Book Society on 0118 984 2582 or email

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