Katherine Parr: Reformation Queen of England and Ireland

By Diane Bucknell - Posted at Out of the Ordinary:

“To be useful in all I do.”
Queen Katherine Parr

The year was 1512. Michelangelo’s magnificent Sistine Chapel frescos were unveiled. Twenty-nine year old Martin Luther earned his Doctorate in Theology at Wittenberg U, but didn’t understand justification by faith. And a precocious three year old named Jehan Cauvin was busy exploring his world in northern France. God was setting the stage for a Reformation that would soon rock the world.

Sir Thomas Parr and his wife Maud Greene, a prominent couple from Westmoreland, welcomed their baby daughter into the world that year. Katherine, named after King Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, received a fine education learning several languages fluently. But by the age of twenty-one, she had lost both parents and her first husband.

The Parr family was acquainted with some of the early Reformers and Katherine zealously embraced this “New Religion”.
"[Catherine] lamented the fact, that she had once been an enthusiastic Papist. ‘I sought’, she confessed, ‘for such riffraff as the Bishop of Rome had planted in his tyranny and kingdom, trusting with great confidence by virtue and holiness of them to receive full remission of sins.’ … That she underwent conversion, as all the first generation of Reformers did is clear.”1
Devoted wholly to Christ, Katherine’s life motto became “to be useful in all I do”, even if it meant sacrificing her own happiness.


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