The 7th Earl of Shaftesbury’s funeral

A previous post on the Earl can be found below, “Anna Milles, housekeeper.”

The Earl’s funeral was attended by more than 400,000 mourners, almost exclusively from the lower working class people. The vast throng, hatless in the rain, moved slowly down the road carrying huge and wide banners. I was naked and he clothed me. Then maybe one hundred yards behind that, I was sick and he visited me. And farther back again, I was hungry and he fed me. And even farther back, I was thirsty and he gave me a drink.

2 Responses to The 7th Earl of Shaftesbury’s funeral

  1. It’s amazing how moving such a few short sentences can be. The Earl was clearly a man of God living out the Gospel. Thank you for these encouraging words. I hope we all see these banners some day.

  2. I looked him up in Wikipedia. He had a horrendous childhood. It was the Christian love of a servant who told him Bible stories and prayer that was transforming in his life. Lord, give me the grace to reach out to those who are unloved by others. Torre

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