Saturday, April 3, 2010
The Haunting of Holy Trinity
One of the most haunted churches in the world is in York, England. Construction on the Holy Trinity Church began in the 12th century and was initiated by the Prior and Convent of Durham and the Archbishop of York. Like most churches of this time, it took centuries to complete and became a living part of history for the residents of the area. If you have read much about Queen Elizabeth I or even seen the movie Elizabeth, you know who Thomas Percy, Earl of Northumberland was. He was a prominent Catholic aristocrat who fought to restore Catholic rule to England in the 16th century. Elizabeth I had him beheaded for treason and his head was put on a pole in Micklegate Bar. Years later, his head was removed and buried in The Holy Trinity Churchyard. His ghost is said to wander this church and many witnesses have seen him wandering the grounds of The Holy Trinity. The headless ghost of Thomas Percy, has been seen in the churchyard searching for his severed head.
I chose this particular church not only for its history and wonderful haunts, but because it is stunning and beautiful and if I were at church tonight, this would be the one I would like to be at. So for now, I'm going to close my eyes and imagine myself in it's haunted halls gazing up at the stained glass portrait of St. Gerome and hope that the imagining counts for this holy day of obligation.