King Charles I – Anglican Martyr | Anglican History Blog
30 January: Commemoration of Charles I of England, King and Martyr
"A devotional cult was established in Charles’ name and he is considered an Anglican martyr, especially by Anglo-Catholics. It is said that if Charles had been willing to abandon the Church and give up the episcopacy he might have saved his throne and his life. Charles would not give to either demand, and as Gladstone said, 'it was for the Church that Charles shed his blood on the scaffold.'
"Charles was removed as a saint from the calendar in 1859 but his feast day continues to be observed in the Church of England. The Society of King Charles the Martyr continues devotional activities in his memory...
"Charles is commemorated in churches across England and his last word of 'REMEMBER' can be found on statues. A hymn written to St. Charles contains this verse:
“For England’s Church, for England’s realm (Once thine in earthly sway), Lest storms our Ark should overwhelm, Saint Charles of England pray!”