As for the myriad of other religions that would send their P.C. representation, together with the various polititians vying for votes of whatever creed, well what can we expect in these days of spiritual, doctrinal and moral decline?
While you are all enjoying a nice swipe at the ABC and the CofE, please remember that representatives of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, as well as a multitude of heads of state (GW Bush, Tony Blair et al) will be attending.
I dare say that if the multitudes of protestant "sound" splinter groups all sent one person, they might well outnumber everyone else!
The Thirty Nine Articles is the historical doctrinal standard of the Church of England and the world wide network of Episcopal Churches, in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Article 31 reads : "The offering of Christ once made is that perfect redemption propitiation, and satisfaction, for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifice of MASSES, in the which it was commonly said, that the priest did offer Christ, for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were BLASPHEMOUS fables, and dangerous deceits." unquote.!!
Ahem!...does anybody know if the Archbishop of Canterbury is in communion - with the Archbishop of Canterbury.????