Thursday, October 19, 2006

Henry Martyn 1781-1812

Today in the Church of England calender Henry Martyn is remembered. He was a missionary to India who translated the Bible. Martyn was an assistant to Charles Simeon, the long suffering evangelical vicar of Holy Trinity Cambridge until 1805, after which he travelled to India where he worked with William Carey.

This is the Anglican prayer for the day...
Almighty God,
who by your Holy Spirit gave Henry Martyn
a longing to tell the good news of Christ
and skill to translate the Scriptures:
by the same Spirit give us grace to offer you our gifts,
wherever you may lead us, at whatever cost;

through Jesus Chrits your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Near the end of his life Martyn wrote this: "Whether life or death be mine, may Christ be magnified in me! If he has work for me to do, I cannot die"


  1. Aha Bish, great to see Henry Martyn remembered. Not only a Cornishman, but in fact he's one of my ancestors too!

    I was reading a biography recently, and my favourite quote of his is this: "I see no business in life but the work of Christ." A sort of 'to live is Christ' statement. A very inspiring man, by God's grace.

  2. You're related to him?? Wow... quality!

  3. Yet another claim to fame for the Doctor...

    I guess you can no longer complain about being described on a certain blog group as 'Charismatic Anglican'...

  4. I may not be thoroughly Anglican - I still have some questions about being episcopal (all though that might just be in the implementation - e.g. what difference say between a nfi apostolic team and bishops/overseers in a bestcase senario... and aren't they just supposed to be pastors of pastors.. etc....) and over the baptism issue. Neither of which are insignificant!