Our St. Augustine of Canterbury Plaque (d. 604) depicts a Benedictine monk who became the first Archbishop of Canterbury in 597. He is known as the “Apostle to the English.” This impressive bronze plaque is a superb gift for a birthday, first communion, confirmation, ordination, and for Saint Augustine of Canterbury’s feast day on May 27th (and in the Anglican Communion on May 26th).
A Solid Bronze Wall Plaque
Measuring 7.9 x 6.3 inches, this plaque hangs with ease on any wall in home, office, or study. This plaque was conceived and cast in Germany by a master bronzesmith of world renown. This is indeed a most fitting gift for that special “Augustine” or “Austin” in your life!
Saint Augustine of Canterbury – The “Gregorian” Missionary
Once after Pope Gregory the Great saw pale-skinned English boys being sold in the Roman Forum, he exclaimed Non Angli, sed angeli (“They are not Angles, but angels”). This experience inspired him to undertake the Christianization of Britain. In 595, he selected Augustine, the prior of a Benedictine monastery in Rome, to lead the “Gregorian” mission (depicted on this plaque) to evangelize and convert the Kingdom of Kent and its King, Æthelberht, who had married the Christian princess Bertha of France. King Æthelberht did convert and permitted St. Augustine and his missionaries to expand their work. He granted them land to found a monastery outside the city walls. Augustine was consecrated a bishop and converted many in the kingdom, including thousands during a mass baptism in 597. In 601, Pope Gregory sent even more missionaries. Roman Bishoprics faithful to Rome were established at London and Rochester in 604, and a seminary was established to train Anglo-Saxon priests and missionaries. Augustine consecrated Laurence of Canterbury as his successor.