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
The Feast of S. Charles KM
Saturday 30th January 2021
Noon All Saints’, Margaret Street, W1W 8JG
Preacher: Fr Nigel Palmer SSC
Assistant Priest of S. Michael in Croydon
The Solemn Mass, with Sung Propers, will be available on-line at:
Tier 5 Covid Restrictions apply
Celebrant: Fr James Hill SSC
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
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.