St. Charles's Day

St. Charles's Day

January 30
Charles I, crowned king of England in 1625, was illegally executed on Jan. 30, 1649, primarily for defending the Anglican Church. His body was secretly buried in Windsor Castle. He was widely acclaimed as a martyr. A royal decree ordered a special service on this day to be in the Book of Common Prayer from 1662 to 1859. It also ordered it to be a day of national fasting. The anniversary of this event is commemorated by the Society of Charles the Martyr with an annual service at the site of his execution in Whitehall, London. St. Charles is the only post-Reformation figure to be honored in this way by the Church of England.
See also Saints, Doctors, Missionaries and Martyrs Day
CONTACTS:
Society of King Charles the Martyr
22 Tyning Rd.
Winsley, Wiltshire BA15 2JJ United Kingdom
44-12-2586-2965
www.skcm.org
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 17
BkDays-1864, vol. I, p. 189
DaysCustFaith-1957, p. 35
DictDays-1988, p. 19
OxYear-1999, p. 54
SaintFestCh-1904, p. 87
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