29 December
Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1170

Lesser Festival

Historical Note


I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and in my mind, says the Lord. 1 Samuel 2:35


Lord God,
who gave grace to your servant Thomas Becket
to put aside all earthly fear
   and be faithful even to death:
grant that we, disregarding wordly esteem,
may fight all wrong,
uphold your rule,
and serve you to our life's end;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.        [CCP*]


Ecclesiasticus 51:1-8
Romans 8:35-39
Psalm 119:161-168
John 10:11-15




You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. John 15:16

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