O God, for the sake of whose Church the glorious Bishop Thomas fell by the sword of ungodly men: grant, we beseech Thee, that all who implore his aid, may obtain the good fruit of his petition. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.
From "The Times Book of Saints" ~ " Thomas excommunicated several bishops who had coronated young Henry II without respect to his rights as archbishop of Canterbury. For Henry II that was the last straw. 'Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?'he shouted angrily. Feeling commissioned by the king. four knights went to Canterbury to kill Thomas. "
Although Thomas Becket had not always lived like a saint, he died like one. David Hugh Farmer
To celebrate the Christmas season, this afternoon we are singing carols around the tree and saying a few prayers. Thomas is making Christmas cookies -
Coconut Macaroons from the Catholic Culture site - in honour of St Thomas a Becket.
We'll eat these after the movies - we are going to the late afternoon showing of Night at the Museum.