Rogation Sunday and Beating the Bounds
Sunday 28th May 2017
The Church has traditionally offered prayer for God's blessing on the fruits of the earth and the labours of those who produce food. Rogation days (the 3 days before Ascension Day) were a period of fasting and abstinence, beseeching God's blessing on the crops for a bountiful harvest, starting on the preceding Sunday.
'Beating the boundary' goes back to medieval times, when a 'beating party' walked the boundary of a parish, checking the boundary markers and beating them with long sticks, also praying for the protection of the land.
On the 28th May there will be a special United Benefice Rogation Sunday event, starting at 9.15 when we gather at St. Martin's Church in Fivehead for bacon butties and a short opening service; then a 'beating the bounds' walk to Swell (arrive approx. 10.30) for a short simple Communion Service, coffee (and toilet stop), before continuing on to Curry Rivel (arrive approx. 12.30) for a Thanksgiving Service in St. Andrew's followed by a bring and share lunch in the Old School Room.
The above times are for information, in order that any non-walkers can meet us at various points.'
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