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Was England Protestant by 1553?

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No! The ist English Mass & worship serices did not begin until 1554. Until then it was simply the Catholic Church (Western, i.e., Church of Rome). Thomas Cranmer (71st Archbishop of Canterbury) translated the Latin services into English...under direction from King Henry VIII. Note: Henry died before the 1st English Service was ever held. Yes! ... if you follow the dates closely. Actually, the first English Prayer Book went into effect in 1549. England was "Catholic" separated from Rome until Henry's death in 1548. Henry only allowed a small portion of the Mass to be put into English---a preparation for receiving communion---as well as having the English Bible read in churches. Under Edward I, the Reformation began to arrive in force, with a still more Protestant Prayer Book in 1552. Stone altars were broken up in many places and replaced with wooded Holy Tables, statues removed. The next Prayer Book was in 1559 under Elizabeth I, after the Catholic Restoration under Mary had been overturned. ---An Anglican Priest

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