29 December 2007

Defender of the Church

This morning's Mass commemorating St. Thomas Becket was quiet but beautiful, and special in that his relics are contained in our parish's high altar. As the picture above shows, he also keeps watch at the tabernacle in the form of a lovely old English statue, which is a companion to the statue of St. Stephen Protomartyr on the opposite side. The icon in the tabernacle door shows St. Michael and St. Gabriel.

O God, our strength and our salvation, who didst call thy servant
Thomas Becket to be a shepherd of thy people and a defender of
thy Church: Keep thy household from all evil and raise up among
us faithful pastors and leaders who are wise in the ways of the
Gospel; through Jesus Christ the shepherd of our souls, who
liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen.