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Reservation of the sacrament was never practiced, and Anglicans were taught not to seek the intercession of the saints.
The communion service was infrequently celebrated, and communicants were few.
Again, in the seventeenth century a movement in the Anglican church originated with a group of clergy who refused to take an oath to William of Orange when he usurped the Catholic King James II in 1688.
They were expelled from the Church of England and tried to effect a union with the Greek Orthodox Church.
For three hundred years in the Anglican church there was no pretense at the Mass.
There were no prayers for the dead, let alone requiem Masses, and the sacrament of the anointing of the sick was missing.
I have sinned also against earth, which so long has miserably lacked this sacrament, and against the men who I have debarred from this supersubstantial food, being the murderer of as many as have perished from the want of it.
I have defrauded the souls of the departed of this perpetual and most august sacrifice" (translated from the Latin text in appendix to vol. The Cranmerian reform was militantly anti-sacerdotal. Alters were desecrated and replaced by wooden tables.
The modern resemblance between Catholicism and some sections of Anglicanism derives from the fact that the churches of the Anglican communion were influenced by a ritualist movement in the nineteenth century.For instance, in the 1630s Anglican Archbishop William Laud ordered that communion tables be railed off but to protect them from roaming dogs and people placing their hats on them.Despite the fact that extreme Puritans condemned Laud as a Romanist, he was firmly Protestant in his theology, and in ecumenical discussions with a Catholic monk he rejected transubstantiation, the apostolic succession, and the doctrine that the Eucharist was a propitiatory sacrifice.Though the Church of England after the schism with Rome over Henry's divorce still kept the Catholic sacramental system, radical Protestantism was introduced during the reign of Edward VI.Thomas Cranmer and Edward Seymour, appointed by Henry VIII to positions of power, upon Henry's death worked openly to introduce beliefs of the German Reformers.