United Kingdom

St. Martin’s Church, Canterbury
Vase planted by the Mayer family, March, 1999

“We have permission to bury the vase on what we believe to be the holiest site in Canterbury.  It’s a World Heritage site.  St. Martin’s has been in unbroken consecration as a Christian site longer than any other place in the country.  At least since the 6th century and possibly even survived from Roman times.  This church was built by the romans and was presumably one of the few Christian enclaves surviving the pagan Saxon invasions.   It was later given to Queen Bertha, daughter of King Charibert of the Franks.  She came to England in about 562 to marry Ethelbert, King of Kent.  She was a Christian, hence her husband allowed this church to be given to her and her chaplain, Bishop Liudhard.  

 

When Pope Gregory sent St. Augustine to England with 40  monks to preach to the English,  he stayed at St. Martin’s with Bertha and Ethelbert.  Later after the King converted to Christianity, he built the Canterbury Cathedral but St. Martin’s remains the secret heart seed of the place.  Queen Bertha’s stone gate is still there.  that’s where we’re going to bury the vase.”  (Rob Mayer)