Ecumenical service commemorates first Martyrs of Reformation

 The 470th commemoration of the Charterhouse Martyrs took place on Wednesday, at Sutton's Hospital, Charterhouse in London. The Anglican Bishop of London and Catholic Auxiliary Bishop George Stack attended the service. Between 1535 and 1540 seventeen monks and lay brothers of The London Charterhouse, a Carthusian monastery, were put to death because they would not accept the Act of Supremacy making Henry VIII the head of the Church in England. The first to be executed was the Prior of Charterhouse, St John Houghton. This took place on 4 May 1535, together with the execution of the Priors of Beauvale (Nottinghamshire) and Axholme (Lincolnshire), Richard Reynolds, a Brigittine Monk from Syon and John Hale, Rector of Isleworth. The site of the London Charterhouse is now home to Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse, a home, founded in 1611 for elderly gentlemen, known as Brothers. The service took the form of a procession around the identifiable parts of the Charterhouse. In the present day Chapel, the Chapter House of the original monastery, the order for Vespers, based on that used at St Hugh's Charterhouse, Parkminster, was sung. A message was delivered by an envoy of the Carthusian Order, representing both St Hugh's Charterhouse and La Grande Chartreuse near Grenoble and both Bishops gave short addresses. There was then an Act of Commemoration on the site of the old Priory Church. In a moving ceremony, Brothers - elderly gentlemen who live at Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse - placed twenty roses into a model of a Tyburn tree as the names of the martyrs were called. During the course of the procession, a commemorative stone on the site of the Great Cloister Garth, was dedicated. Source: ACN

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