Sermon preached in Peterborough Parish Church, Sunday 28th June 2015
Sunday, 28 June 2015
Friday, 19 June 2015
It has been interesting to watch the tiltyard being created over the last 24 hours, so below is a pictorial guide to how to build one.
Saturday, 13 June 2015
Influential in the framing of Magna Carta was the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton, and he based his contributions on the biblical principles of just kings who rule for the benefit and flourishing of their people, not their oppression. He also wanted to protect the church from the king’s medaling and interference. The first principle that the English Church should be free was a late entry in the charter, not in earlier drafts. The version in the cartulary of Peterborough abbey, held by the Society of Antiquaries in London, seems to reflect an earlier version. It should be noted that Magna Carta was sealed just 40 years after King John’s father, Henry II, had been responsible for the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170 and Canterbury Cathedral was being rebuilt at the time of Magna Carta following a fire, the climactic focus of the building being Thomas’ shrine. Stephen Langton was instrumental in the design of Becket’s tomb. Revenge really is a dish best served cold and decisively: the clear message is don’t mess with the church’, and Langton seems to have kept his powder dry making his move when the time was right. The church had already been granted its freedoms but there was in Magna Carta a cementing of ancient understandings of what it meant to be a good king.
Incidentally I still get a thrill out of the thought that the painted ceiling in the nave of Peterborough is probably how the ceiling of Canterbury would have looked prior to the fire there in 1174 and not only did we have a reliquary and chapel for Becket, but the building forms a link too. Benedict, the Abbot of Peterborough at the time the ceiling was constructed, had been a monk at Canterbury and this may have inspired the décor.
This is an amended version of an article in the 2015 Peterborough Cathedral Friends' Journal, correcting some errors in the one submitted for publication, for which I apologise.
Thursday, 4 June 2015
Sermon preached in Peterborough Cathedral for Corpus Christi, Thursday 4th June 2015