Day Within the Octave of Christmas–W (II) – St. Thomas of Canterbury, Bishop, Martyr–R (Comm.)
Tuesday, December 29
Thomas was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He engaged in conflict with Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral. Soon after his death, he was canonized by Pope Alexander III.