The Mass, Cranmer’s Liturgy and the English Reformation

At the heart of the English Reformation were two theological disputes which changed the course of history:

•What did Jesus mean when He said, “This is My Body”, “This is My Blood”?

•Who should have Supreme Authority over The Church?

This National Lottery Heritage Funded project highlights, by film and text, how in 1549 and 1552, Thomas Cranmer changed the Catholic Mass to what became Anglican/Protestant worship. It aims primarily but not exclusively, to assist those studying medieval and early modern history who may not be familiar with rites of Christian worship but you might be interested too!


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Prayers and Gestures of the Traditional Roman Rite Mass

Prayers and Gestures of Cranmer’ liturgies

Pope Clemente VII (1478 -1534)

Supreme Head of the Roman Catholic Church (1523)



Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556)

Archbishop of Canterbury and chief architect of the English Reformation


King Henry VIII (1491-1547)

Supreme Head of the Church of England (1534)


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