On the 5th Day of Christmas…

On the 5th day of Christmas we celebrate Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Saint and Martyr (b1119-d1170). He was Lord Chancellor(1155-1162) to King Henry II and Archdeacon of Canterbury(1154).

King Henry and Thomas Becket, though having a good relationship as king and chancellor, grew increasingly at odds over Church and State matters after Becket was made Archbishop June 3rd 1162, a day after he was ordained a priest. (Kings have funny ways of trying to get their ways)

On December 29, 1170 he was struck down by swords, for going on a mass excommunication spree of nobility and refusing to put king and country above the Church. He is quoted for having said after the third blow, “For the name of Jesus and the protection of the Church, I am ready to embrace death.”

A mere 2 years after his murder, he was canonized by Pope Alexander III.

Becket, the 1964 movie with Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole is a fantastic way to spend the evening.

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