Church of England Diocese of Carlisle Farlam

Sermon for the Feast of St Thomas a Becket

7th July 2020 is the 800th anniversary of the translation of the relics of St Thomas a Becket to the shrine at Canterbury. There was to be a large service of celebration at Canterbury Cathedral and along with people from other churches dedicated to St Thomas a Becket, some of us were planning to make a pilgrimage in a minibus to attend! Covid-19 put paid to all that, but at least the lockdown eased in time for us to celebrate our Patronal Festival in our parish church. This sermon is a reflection on how our stained glass window of Queen Victoria, the martyrdom of Thomas a Becket, and the practice of 'taking the knee', might - or might not - connect.