About St. Thomas Becket
Feast Day: December 29
Thomas was the chancellor of King Henry II and was later appointed as Archbishop of Canterbury. King Henry had thought his friendship with Thomas would make him sympathetic to the demands of the king. But Thomas spoke out when the king started taking away the Church’s rights. Henry famously said, “Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest!” Four of his knights went to Canterbury Cathedral and martyred Thomas.
Patron Saint of …
He is the patron saint of secular clergy.
Daily Mass Readings
- First Reading – 2 Timothy 2:8-13; 3:10-12: “Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, together with eternal glory.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 34: “The Lord delivered me from all my fears.”
- Gospel – Matthew 16:24-27: “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”
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This brief video biography gives a summary of his life from a historical point of view.
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