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Nestled in the rolling green hills of the English countryside, Canterbury Cathedral has been a center of spiritual energy for centuries. Famously featured in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims honoring Saint Thomas Becket (who was murdered there in 1170), has inspired generations of artists, musicians and writers and arguably serves as the “Mother Ship” for the global Anglican Communion.

This fall we have the extraordinary opportunity to experience some of what has drawn pilgrims to Canterbury down through the years as Canterbury comes to California.

Art: September 20–February 2  The J. Paul Getty Museum offers visitors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience two masterpieces of medieval English art: six dazzling, monumental stained glass figures depicting the Ancestors of Christ from England’s famed Canterbury Cathedral and the St. Albans Psalter, a richly illuminated manuscript that is a landmark of English Romanesque art.

Drama: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:00 PM  Here at All Saints Church, Boston Court’s brilliant co-artistic director, Jessica Kubzansky, directs a staged reading of Nobel Laureate T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral, Eliot’s best known drama based on the assassination of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. Don’t miss the truly extraordinary opportunity to experience this iconic drama with All Saints Church as the stage and set.

Music: Saturday, Nov. 16, 6:30 PM  The Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Music Director Grant Gershon, presents an ensemble concert of 11th and 12th century music closely associated with Canterbury Cathedral and its most famous Archbishop. Gershon and the Very Reverend Dr. Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury, lead a pre-concert talk.

The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral: Nov. 17, 9 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM  Finally, we are delighted to welcome to All Saints the Very Reverend Robert Willis—Dean of Canterbury Cathedral. Gifted musician, noted theologian and—since 2001—the Dean of historic Canterbury Cathedral, Dean Willis will preach at the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services and be the guest in the Rector’s Forum at 10:15 a.m.

Plan now to participate in all or some of these opportunities for education and inspiration as we welcome Canterbury to California and celebrate our heritage as members of the global Anglican Communion!

— Susan Russell

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