Nine Day Queen of England: Lady Jane Grey
To comprehend the fascinating, brief life of Lady Jane Grey is to plunge into the far-reaching changes shaking England in the 16th century. At a time when the Reformation message was reaching an entire nation and challenging long-cherished beliefs, the ascent to power and then execution of this sixteen-year-old girl is a shining example of light shining in the darkness. A story that will inspire young girls to uncompromising living for Christ.
“Kneeling down on the hard wooden scaffold Jane turned to Feckenham who stood by her. “Shall I say this Psalm?”, she faltered. Overcome with emotion…he simply said, “Yea.”
Jane then began to repeat Psalm 51 in English, David’s great prayer of contrition. Jane recited all nineteen verses “in a most devout manner”, and then both she and Feckenham rose to their feet. A deep silence rested over that sad scene. Nothing could be heard except for the quiet sobbing of her lady attendants.
Hardened soldiers, who had witnessed brutality many times before, stood without moving, as Lady Jane called out in a clear voice: “Lord, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.” Then with a stroke — swift, sharp and terrible — Jane’s short life was ended.
Like the Apostle Paul, she had fought a good fight, finished the course and kept the faith. Henceforth there was laid up for her a crown of righteousness–a crown that none could take from her.”