A new photo of the beautiful city of Canterbury in Kent and surrounding area every day.

Thursday, 8 May 2008

St Thomas of Canterbury

Although Canterbury is the HQ of Church of England and it owns most of the land in town, this Catholic church sits not far from the High Street.


Anonymous said...

Take us for a peek inside.

Kris McCracken said...

I’ve long felt that he’d make a great subject for an HBO-style drama.

Rosie said...

I couldn't comment on that. I ahve never even heard about HBO until I read your comment...

Rosie said...

One of these days...one of these days ;)

Louis la Vache said...

From T.S. Eliot's "Murder in the Cathedral" about the assassination of Thomas Becket. First a bit of context - four knights take the King at his word when he asked "who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?" and set out either to bribe or murder Becket. Each of the four knights confronts Becket with a temptation, each he resists. At the fourth temptation, Becket (in Eliot's words) replies:
"Now is my way clear, now the meaning plain:
Temptation shall not come in this kind again.
The last temptation is the greatest treason:
To do the right deed for the wrong reason."

Shortly, the four knights murder Becket.

The play closes with this chorus:
Forgive us, O Lord, we acknowledge ourselves as type of the common man, Of the men and women who shut the door and sit by the fire; Who feat the blessing of God, the loneliness of the night of God, the surrender required, the deprivation inflicted; Who fear the injustice of men less than the justice of God; Who fear the hand at the window, the fire in the thatch, the fist in the tavern, the push into the canal, Less than we fear the love of God....."

Powerful poetry.