Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Holy Blissful Martyr
Today, December 29th, the Church honors Archbishop Thomas Becket, who was murdered standing at the altar of Canterbury Cathedral in the 12th century.
The hooly bliful martir for to seke
That him hath holpen, whan that they were seke.
From the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
FROM THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS:
Almighty God, You granted the martyr Thomas the grace to give his life for the cause of justice. By his prayers make us willing to renounce for Christ our life in this world so that we may find it in heaven. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.