Good Friday – the Easter story Anne Boleyn would have read

| March 30, 2018

Good Friday – the Easter story Anne Boleyn would have read

As I explained in yesterday’s article on Maundy Thursday, Anne Boleyn owned a copy of William Tyndale’s 1526 English translation of the New Testament. She kept a copy of it open in her apartments and encouraged her ladies to read it. On Good Friday, I am sure that Anne would have sat and read the […]

Good Friday and Lady Day

| March 25, 2016

Good Friday and Lady Day

Today, 25th March, is Good Friday according to the Western/Gregorian calendar and it is the day that commemorates the crucifixion of Christ, his sacrifice in dying for our sins. In Tudor times, people would attend church on this day for the ceremony of the “Creeping to the Cross”. The clergy would get down on their hands […]

Good Friday – How was it remembered in Tudor times?

| April 3, 2015

Good Friday – How was it remembered in Tudor times?

On Good Friday in the sixteenth century, people would attend a church ceremony known as “Creeping to the Cross”. Jesus Christ’s suffering and crucifixion, and what it meant, were commemorated by the clergy getting down on their hands and knees and creeping up to a crucifix held up before the altar. This “creeping” would culminate […]

Good Friday

| April 18, 2014

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, the day when Christians like me remember Christ’s sacrifice in dying for our sins on the cross. On Good Friday in Tudor times, people attended the ceremony known as “Creeping to the Cross”. Christ’s suffering and crucifixion, and what it meant, were commemorated by the clergy creeping up to a crucifix […]

Good Friday in Tudor Times

| March 29, 2013

Good Friday in Tudor Times

On Good Friday in Tudor times, people attended the ceremony known as “Creeping to the Cross”. Christ’s suffering and crucifixion, and what it meant, were commemorated by the clergy creeping up to a crucifix held up before the altar on their hands and knees. When they got to the crucifix, they would kiss the feet […]

Good Friday in Tudor Times

| April 6, 2012

Good Friday in Tudor Times

Today I will be going out to watch my village’s Good Friday procession which consists of mourners following men carrying a glass coffin in which a statue of Jesus Christ lies. It is a moving spectacle and I’m glad that it makes people stop and think about the sacrifice that Christ made and the suffering […]

Good Friday

| April 22, 2011

Good Friday

Today people all around the world are commemorating Christ’s suffering on the cross and in Medieval and Tudor times people would attend a ceremony known as “Creeping to the Cross”. The suffering of Christ was commemorated by the clergy creeping, on their hands and knees, up to a crucifix held up before the altar. After […]

11th April 1533, Good Friday – Anne Boleyn is Queen

| April 11, 2011

11th April 1533, Good Friday – Anne Boleyn is Queen

On Good Friday 1533, the 11th April, Henry VIII informed the Royal Council that Anne Boleyn was now his wife and Queen, and ordered them to accord her with royal honours, in the place of Catherine of Aragon who was now the Dowager Princess of Wales. This date, 11th April 1533, is recorded in Hans […]