Saint Days: William Laud
William Laud (1573-1645) was the Archbishop of Canterbury. He fought against the influence of the Continental Reformation in England by opposing Calvinism and was an advocate of High Church worship. Unfortunately, many of his policies, which advocated for uniformity in the Church of England, ended up making dissidents feel like they were under persecution. Laud was imprisoned and put on trial for treason in 1641 and was beheaded in 1645.
Let us pray in memory of William Laud today:
Almighty God, who gave to your servant William Laud boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.