John Henry NewmanRoman Catholics are anticipating the beatification of John Henry Newman. His body will be exhumed and moved – not without controversy. Currently he is buried according to his dying wish that he be buried with his closest friend, Ambrose St John, in the grounds of the house they had shared as priests.

This day, August 11, Anglicans already celebrate the commemoration of John Henry Newman in their calendar (alongside Clare of Assisi, Founder of the Poor Clares celebrated on this same date). He features on my calendar (mentioned in my motion passed by my diocese).

This date will have extra significance for some as we celebrate 175 years since the Assize Sermon.

Our New Zealand Prayer Book uses one of Newman’s prayers for funerals (p.859):

Support us, Lord, all the day long of this troubled life,
until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed,
the fever of life is over, and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in your mercy, give us safe lodging,
a holy rest, and peace at the last.
Amen.

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