Daybreak for December 29, 2022

  • Fifth Day of Christmas
  • Optional Memorial of St. Thomas Becket, 1118-1170; friend of King Henry II; became chancellor of England at the age of 36, then archbishop of Canterbury; but Henry insisted on usurping Church rights; Thomas fled to France for safety and remained in exile for seven years; he returned, and refused to remit censures on bishops favored by the king; Henry cried out, “Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?”; four knights took Henry’s words as his wish, and killed Thomas in the Canterbury cathedral
  • Office of Readings and Morning Prayer for 12/29/22
  • Gospel: Luke 2:22-35