The building set apart for the missionaries stood in the Stable Gate, not far from the ruins of an old heathen temple. Here Augustine and his companions seemed to have established the ordinary routine of the Benedictine rule and the apostolic ministry of preaching. The church dedicated to St. Martin in the eastern part of the city which had been set apart for Queen Bertha’s followers many years before was also thrown open to them.
Augustine’s original building lies beneath the floor of the nave of Canterbury Cathedral.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Your Son Jesus Christ is our salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all people. Jesus is a light to the Anglican Communion and the glory of Your people Israel. He took upon himself the form of a servant and became obedient, even unto death.
We thank You for the birth of Jesus in a stable. We thank You for the birth of the Benedictine mission to Canterbury at Stable Gate.
We thank You for Jesus’s exaltation. We thank You that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. We thank You that at the name of Jesus, all the pagan deities previously worshipped at the the heathen temple near Stable Gate shall bow. We claim Canterbury Cathedral for the exaltation of Christ Jesus.
Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord of the Church of England. Amen.
Luke 2:30-32, Philippians 2:5-11