Saint Days: Charles I, King and Martyr
Charles was the king of Scotland and Ireland (1625-1649). For many Anglo-Catholics, he is a symbol of the tradition because of his push to make the church in England more catholic with his advisor William Laud, who he appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1633.
Unfortunately, many of King Charles' policies made a number of his Reformed subjects uncomfortable. This tension culminated in the English Civil Wars (1642-1651) which resulted in his execution.
Mandell Creighton, Bishop of London (1843-1901), described Charles' martyrdom this way:
Let us remember the example of King Charles and his stand for historic, orthodox Christianity as we pray:
Almighty God, who gave to your servant King Charles I 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.