My Experience of the Christian Faith

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Submitted: May 14, 2018

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My Experience of the Christian Faith:

This is my memoir of my experience of being part of the Christian faith.
Christianity has been around for two thousand years. Christianity was founded by Roman emperor Constantine who lived from 274-337AD and had virtually nothing to do with Jesus himself.
During the Tudor era when King Henry VIII was on the throne he had a disagreement with Pope Clement VIII to annual his marriage to his first wife Catherine of Aragon as she was unable to produce a son and instead had given him a daughter, Mary. As a result of this he wanted to marry the much younger Anne Boleyn. In 1534 Henry enforced the innovate approach to church state relations with an iron fist. The Act of Supremacy by which the king became head of the church and was to be recognised in an oath supremacy which all churchmen were required to swear. After the death of Henry VIII in 1547 he was succeeded by his son Edward VI from his third wife Jane Seymour. Edward was a sickly teenager and was succeeded by his older sister Mary. She only reigned for five years but in that time she quickly made herself into one of the English’s most notorious monarchs. Mary was a devout Catholic and was determined to roll back the reforms of her father. Those people who refused to renounce Protestantism were excluded which in all was about three hundred people included Thomas Cranmer who was burnt at the stake in Oxford 1556. For this the reigning queen became known as ‘bloody Mary’. Also during the reign of Elizabeth I if anyone refused to renounce Catholicism they were executed.
In England today the Christian faith maybe the most popular religion but not very many people go to church. As I remember my dad telling me that every Sunday mass would be totally packed and be also leading out into the street too. However, nowadays the churches are almost empty. I was born into a Christian family and always went to midnight mass and the Easter Sunday mass. I do remember going to a church in Woodford Green called Salway, where the minister of that church lectured to the whole congregation that all Hindus, Muslims, and all other religions needed to be converted to Christianity after that mass me and my parents were horrified and felt disgusted by his ignorance and never ever went back to that church. Also during one midnight mass at St Mary’s church in Woodford Green a drunken man came into the church and disturbed the mass and repeatedly kept saying “die bastard” which had me and my family in hysterics.
When I moved to Clacton on Sea we began going to St James’ Church which was not very far from our house and went for the usual midnight mass and the Easter Sunday mass. We also went to church on Tuesdays for Pause for Reflection which was where they had service of prayers for the UK and the entire world as well as bible readings. Also we went to another church on Thursday s called United Reform where they had a service similar to St James’. (Both churches held coffee mornings).
When we went to Mauritius to see my mum’s family one year we went to a Catholic church called St Marc for Easter. Also in January 2018, whilst on holiday in Faro, Portugal with me and my parents. We went to a Sunday mass at their nearest church called St Peters’. We had visited the church earlier in the week and fell in love with the structure and décor of the church as well as the Carma church which had a chapel of bones outside as they didn’t want to destroy the cemetery and decided to put the remains of the deceased to good use by using their bones to build a place of worship out of them. Also we visited another chapel called Our Lady of the Cross and I too fell in love with the structure and décor, and the cathedral.
Also a spiritual teacher who originates from India called Sri Sathya Sai Baba has talked about Christianity by saying that the cross (the symbol of Christianity) that all Christians should cut out the “I” feeling clean and across and their ego die on the cross to endow on you eternity.
Also I have been given a Youth Bible as well as a book on topics based around Christianity as he knew I was very into creative writing by the minister of the United Reform church. I still go to midnight mass and the Easter Sunday mass. I have never read the bible and hope to read it to understand more about Christianity and gain  inner knowledge of it too.

 

 


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