Blessing of Becket Copes at Choral Evensong

4 July 2020 15:15 – 16:00

During Choral Evensong the new Becket Vestments, made from material recreated from the medieval silk found in Archbishop Hubert Walter’s tomb, will be blessed.

The new copes will be worn by Cathedral clergy for the first time at the Becket2020 services, and used for many years to come.

Revd Max Kramer said: “It is easy to imagine Canterbury Cathedral as a piece of plain stone, but the medieval Cathedral would have been brilliant with colour. Our beautiful stained glass and some fragments of painting remain, but we often forget one other major source of decoration: the textiles.

“When the new copes are used, the breath-taking beauty and complexity of the silk will remind us of Canterbury’s ancient and continuing role as a centre of creativity and craft put to the service of worship.”

The copes were produced thanks to the generosity of The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral.

This event is part of our 2020 commemorations, marking the dual anniversaries of Becket’s murder 850 years ago and the translation of his body from a tomb in the Crypt to a magnificent shrine in the Trinity Chapel 800 years ago.

Becket2020 is a programme of events developed by partners from across the UK to commemorate the remarkable life and death of Thomas Becket. View all events here.


Pricing Information

Free to attend the Evensong service only, precincts entry price or cathedral entry charges apply for a longer visit.