Monday, December 29, 2008

Feast of St. Thomas Becket

"Gaudeamus omnes in Domino, diem festum celebrantes sub honore Thomae Martyris: de cujus passione gaudent Angeli, et collaudent Filium Dei Exultate justi in Domino: rectos decet collaudatio."

After an intriguing Christmas Day, spent mainly either at JFK or flying across the Atlantic, I arrived on Boxing Day to a very cold but very sunny England. Unfortunately, the jet-lag is rather bad, I was awake from 2.00am until 7.30am on Sunday. Today I attended Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral for the Feast of St. Thomas of Canterbury. Beautiful singing, curious liturgy with 're-enactment' of the knights entering to murder the Archbishop. As usual, all style and no substance. Prayed at the site of the Martyrdom, then shook hands with the increasingly hirsute Archbishop of Canterbury who was wearing a rather fetching tea-cosy style mitre made of some kind of towelling material. On Wednesday, Fr. John Boyle will take me down to Brighton to visit the famous blogging Father Ray Blake. It promises to be another sunny, but cold day.


gemoftheocean said...

Re-enactment of the knights doing in St. Tom. Wow. Such interesting customs! I hope your jet lag is gone by now. There's a really good diet to follow a few days before you do a long distance flight. About 4 days before you go you alter eaching soup&salad type things with carbs/meat. If memory serves the day you fly is to be the light soup/salad. So if you fly, say on Thursday on Monday do your protein/carbs. There's other stuff re: cafein that's important too. That was flying west to east. There are some procedures reversed flying east/west. (though on your travel day you eat light as well.)

Full details can be found here.

I did this once traveling from West Coast (USA) time to Paris, an 9 hour difference at the time, and I was the only one of our group who was raring to go the same day we got there. I had very little jet lag! I swear by this method.

And delighted you are going down to Father Blake's.

MomWithManyJobs said...

Well don't worry, your not missing much here then, with temperatures promising to be in the -15 range plus windchills for New Year's here in Vermont! Enjoy your time at home, and Happy New Year!
From your quieter but 7th faithful reader.