Tiger the resident cat at the Canterbury Cathedral played a little fast and loose with the commandment against stealing.
The sly kitty first cozied up to the Dean of Canterbury, who was recording a morning prayer for Shove Tuesday, before sniffing around a plate of pancakes for a tasty treat.
As the Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis reads from the Holy Book, he scratches Tiger, who appears to be well-skilled in the art of distraction.
“Lord God of hosts, show the light of your countenances and we shall be saved,” he says as Tiger sees his chance to sneak a flapjack.
Closing the book, the dean then says: ‘Well, Tiger has found some breakfast. It’s Pancake Day for him as well so we’re not too sorry about that.”
This isn’t Tiger’s first brush with viral video fame.
He has previously been seen tucking into a glass of milk during morning prayer.
The #cats of Canterbury Cathedral are at it again! 🐱— ITV News Meridian (@itvmeridian) July 6, 2020
This time it's Tiger who's getting all the attention, after helping himself to the milk during Dean Robert's sermon!
More here: https://t.co/qgmD5qQ6K2@No1Cathedral #Canterbury pic.twitter.com/cw9Cg7Io5h
That history was not lost on the church, which tweeted out the pancake caper.
“No longer content with stealing a sip of milk, during today’s Morning Prayer naughty Tiger set his sights on Dean Robert’s pancakes!” the church posted.
On #ShroveTuesday, join Dean Robert – and Tiger 🐱 – for today’s Morning Prayer from the Deanery Garden at Canterbury Cathedral 🥞https://t.co/afVcIQxbrv#ChurchatHome #ChurchOnline #PancakeDay pic.twitter.com/581LvxY7mq— Canterbury Cathedral (@No1Cathedral) February 16, 2021