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Anglican bishop’s last act: laying his mitre and crozier at the feet of Mary

49845516_010596992-1.jpg The Rt Rev Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Ebbsfleet in England gave his last sermon as an Anglican yesterday, and, as one report described it,”laid aside his crozier and mitre at the feet of Our Lady.”

The final words from his sermon:

If leaving well is calling to mind what one will miss, then I am learning to leave. If it is about looking forward to what is coming next, then I’m not sure: I have never been less sure of how the future will unfold. But, finally – and I have given up trying to make this address into a proper sermon – I must say, if I am to leave properly, thank you for all you have done for me, for all you have been for me, and for all you are to me, and always will be to me. For many, I hope it will be ‘see you soon’ rather than ‘good-bye’ but, on your journey of discipleship, look not to me but to the Lord whom we serve. He alone can teach us how to be pilgrims on the way that leads to Paradise.


In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

Read the rest. And God bless him.

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Chaplain Howard E. Nason

posted November 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm

In the golden age of Greece and Rome, it was said that all roads lead to Rome. For centuries, it was proclaimed all roads to Christ went through the Roman Catholic Church. Five hundred years of reformation, contention and strife, there are some who feel led to return to the Roman Road. Christ is the center of our faith, without Christ, which road one takes is futile. If Christ is at the center of our lives, the ecclesiastical trapping of sanctity are irrelevant. Jesus says, “seek and ye shall find, ask and it shall be given unto you, knock and it shall be opened unto you.” The road to Christ goes through the Holy Spirit, not through a religious institution, no matter venerable or pious its members and leadership may be. I wish Bishop Burnham God’s blessings in his pursuit of holiness and the presence of Christ. And may the Holy Spirit enlighten the eyes of his spirit and give him peace. Agape, Amen

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posted November 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm

It is obvious he took a long time to come to the decision he did. May he be happy with his choise.

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posted November 29, 2010 at 9:23 am

Interesting post. Thanks for keeping us in the loop about these actions.
I read in the bishop? (former bishop? resigned bishop?) how he thanked his wife. Does anyone know that that means for his future ministry as a Catholic? Will his marriage be a hurdle to his service in the future?

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posted November 29, 2010 at 11:44 am

Although we Protestants celebrate the reformation, inspiration for the movement was not heaven sent. When Luther and co. decided to split off from the Catholic church the forces from below were whispering in their ears. Check out two web sites for further info: Warnings From the Beyond and Our Lady of the Roses.
This is one brief section from the warnings web site:
“Then they were divided into three groups – Luther, Calvin, Zwingle – they soon realised that this could not be the true Church in so far as these three men were in conflict. Then they saw clearly that it was a crisis for Catholicism. But they also saw that the good were at least united. They would then have been willing to come back, at all events Luther would have, but it was too late. We(he points downward) had him too tightly hemmed in by then.
E: Say, in the name of…, what you still have to say, Allida!
Al: It was we who influenced Luther, and the Old One (Lucifer) who influenced Zwingle.[74] It was necessary for the Old One to take Zwingle in hand until he had risen up like a hothouse plant that flourishes like a weed.

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