The Society of King Charles the Martyr keeps three religious observances each year to celebrate different commemorations. Each of the services are attended by members and non-members alike, everyone indeed is most welcome. The liturgy used at the services is The Prayer Book Rite of 1637 and 1662 and a preacher of note is invited to give the sermon.
Feast of the Martyrdom of S.Charles, 30th January
2017 Monday 30th January, Banqueting House, Whitehall
11.40am Commemoration of S. Charles’ Martyrdom at the entrance of the Banqueting House
Noon Sung Mass with Veneration of the Relics inside the Banqueting House
Preacher The Reverend Doctor Peter Anthony, Parish Priest of S. Benet in Kentish Town
When the 30th January falls on a Sunday it is customary to transfer the observance to the preceding Saturday.
The Society’s relics of S. Charles are placed upon the altar for the Mass and may be venerated and viewed after the service. A choir, usually from King’s College, London sings at the Mass. The Banqueting House is where S. Charles was kept for several hours on the day of his decollation. It is a magnificent setting for the Mass: the architect was Inigo Jones and the ceiling adorned by the great paintings of Rubens.
The Society is very grateful to the Historic Royal Palaces for their permission to hold the Mass. Access to the Banqueting House for the commemoration and Mass is free of charge. The costs of the service are considerable and donations gratefully received. SKCM also provides a bookstall after the Mass when materials are available.
A good description of the commemoration of 30th can be found in Jeremy Paxman’s book, On Royalty (Penguin-Viking 2006) p.142-152
Saturday 24th May 2014 Noon
Solemn Mass at The Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Clerkenwell, London
By permission of the Parish Priest, Fr Christopher Trundell
Restoration Day (or Oak Apple Day) commemorates the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 when King Charles II returned to England from exile. The day is kept as our annual festival with a Solemn Mass or Matins and Sermon on the nearest Saturday to 29th May.
Our annual general meeting follows the service to which members of the Society are encouraged to attend. The location of this service changes most years to give the Society an
opportunity to celebrate S. Charles in new places.
Mass of the Nativity of S. Charles KM, 6pm S. Katharine Cree, City of London. All welcome. Preacher: Fr James Hill CMP. Followed by AGM of the Society for members of the Society.