Tuesday 18 July is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death in Winchester.
The novelist, who is buried in the cathedral, will be remembered at Choral Evensong with music familiar to her and a hymn based on a prayer written by her.
Earlier in the afternoon, Bank of England staff will be in the cathedral to unveil the new £10 note featuring Jane Austen.
Visitors will be allowed to handle the note which enters circulation in September.
The design features places associated with Jane Austen along the Pilgrims’ Way: her Chawton house writing table and her brother’s home Godmersham Park, near Canterbury, which became the inspiration for a number of her novels.
To visit the bank note exhibition (2.30pm-5pm) and attend evensong (5.30pm) on this special day it is necessary to book free via the cathedral box office (01962 857275).
Friday 7 July is the Translation of St Thomas of Canterbury.
Translation refers to the moving of Thomas Becket’s body in 1220 from the Canterbury Cathedral crypt to his new shrine upstairs in the main church.
So Friday’s observances at the cathedral are like his feast day in December except at a more convenient time and in warmer weather.
The eve of the Translation, Thursday 6 July, is the anniversary of the execution of St Thomas More who, like Becket, was killed for opposing a King.
More’s anniversary is marked, as always since 1971, by a lecture at nearby St Dunstan’s on the Pilgrims’ Way in Canterbury.
This is where Henry II started his barefoot walk to Becket’s shrine.
It is also where now the head of St Thomas More rests in a vault. The gateway of his daughter Margaret Roper’s house is nearby.
A descendant Anne Roper gave one of the first talks. Other guest speakers have included Archbishop Michael Ramsey, Elizabeth Longford and Tim Tatton-Brown.
This year’s address is being delivered by St Dunstan’s former rector Maurice Worgan who in 1993 encouraged the publication of past addresses which have built a picture of St Thomas More’s life.
Fr Worgan’s talk is called ‘The Polarity of Sir Thomas More: Saint or Sinner?‘.
Early on Friday morning, the Translation, the Eucharist will be celebrated on the spot where Becket was murdered in December 1170.
In the afternoon choral evensong is followed by a procession to the Shrine site. Here the chapter, the monks’ successors, and congregation gather round the place which drew so many pilgrims until the shrine’s destruction in the conflict of Henry VIII’s reign.
The Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated at 8pm.
On Saturday 8 July there is the second annual Canterbury Medieval Pageant commemorating Henry ll’s pilgrimage to Canterbury in 1174. This is mainly for families with young children but the programme includes Canterbury’s Gregorian Music Society singing the Angelus at noon in St Peter’s Church.
Canterbury Cathedral programme for the Translation 2017
Thursday 6 July
5.30pm First Evensong of Translation of St Thomas
7.30pm St Thomas More Commemoration at St Dunstan’s Church
Friday 7 July
8am Eucharist at Altar of Sword-point
12.30pm Festal Communion Service in Trinity Chapel
5.30pm Choral Evensong and procession the Shrine site
Jane Austen is buried in the cathedral where another is St Swithun whose day is observed four days earlier.
Jane had an affinity with Swithun whose feast falls a few days earlier on Saturday 15 July. Her parents were married at St Swithun’s in Bath in 1764. Jane worshipped there and her father is buried there.
The anniversary service at Winchester will begin at 5.30pm and include contributions from invited guests.