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Liturgical intertextual references

Canisius | 29 December, 2005 21:30

It's really wonderful how the liturgical hymns for Thomas a Beckett's feast allude to the Feast of the Holy Innocents on the day before. It not only points out the providential appropriateness of the day Thomas gave his witness, but also gives those who participate in the liturgy the sense that the feasts of the Church interpret each other.

Sometimes these references on Thomas's feast can be fairly brief. In one case (Vol. 2, Bk. 1, p. 332), it is no more than a passing mention of how Thomas's mother used to fondle the head now so cruelly attacked, but I am sure that it is an allusion to the mothers of the infants of Bethlehem.


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