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Translation of St Thomas Becket's Relics

On this day, 7 July, in 1220 the relics of the martyred Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, were ‘translated’ or moved from the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral to an elaborate shrine in the newly-…More
On this day, 7 July, in 1220 the relics of the martyred Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, were ‘translated’ or moved from the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral to an elaborate shrine in the newly-constructed apse at the east end of the cathedral. Regarded as "one of the most important and sumptuous state occasions of the 13th century", King Henry III of England was in attendance, together with the political and religious leaders, and a new liturgical office was composed for the occasion. Unfortunately, the Shrine was destroyed in 1538 by order of King Henry VIII, but the legend and the Liturgy survive. This stained glass window, from the apse of Canterbury Cathedral shows, I believe, the relics of St Thomas being carried in a feretory.

Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr