Tuesday, December 29, 2020

A SPECIAL DAY IN ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

Tuesday, 29 December is a significant day remembered since 1170 when Thomas Becket, Archbishop to King Henry ll was murdered by four knights before the High Altar at Canterbury Cathedral. Three years later, on 21 February, Thomas was canonised by Pope Alexander lll and pilgrims from around the world made their way to Canterbury to pay homage to this extraordinary man. 

Note below from 'On This Day' historical website:                                            

Thomas Becket

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket

Profession: Archbishop of Canterbury

Nationality: 
England
English

Why Famous: Commoner made good, he was appointed as Archbishop by King Henry II; they argued over Church privileges, and Becket was killed by four knights who took the king at his words "Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?"

Subsequently canonized by Pope Alexander III. The king made public penance at Canterbury Cathedral.

Born: December 211117
Birthplace: Cheapside, London, England
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: December 291170 (aged 53)
Cause of Death: Assassination

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