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.