Saint Days: Arthur Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, Ecumenist, and Teacher of the Faith
Arthur Michael Ramsey (1904-1988) was the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury, serving from 1961-1974. Prior to his tenure as Archbishop he was the Bishop of Durham and Archbishop of York.
According to one Ramsey scholar, his theology was (1) based on Scriptures, (2) the church's traditions, and (3) reason and conscience.
John Macquarrie stated that Ramsey's "life was rooted in prayer, worship and a sense of the reality of God, yet this was all tempered with a sense of humor which prevented it from ever degenerating into pomposity or unreal pietism. This spiritual depth was just as important for his leadership in an unsettled time as was his intellectual and theological power."
He was also very active in establishing ecumenical relationships, dialoguing with both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches and served as the president of the World Council of Churches (1961-1968).
Let us remember Archbishop Ramsey today in our prayers:
Almighty God, you gave to your servant Arthur Michael Ramsey special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.