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Rogation Sunday, 5 May

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Elizabethofseasons Report 4 May 2013 23:44

Dear All


Sunday 05th May is rogation day.

Although not as widely celebrated today, it was the custom to "beat the bounds"
of a church parish while blessing the trees, crops and fields.

The word rogation is derived from the latin "rogare" meaning to ask for a blessing for food and other material things to see people through until the harvest.

If a service is held now or a celebation of some kind, the central theme is caring for and appreciating the enviornment.



Thank you Lord, for the beauty of the trees,
for wild flowers,
and the flowers we grow in our gardens

for the mountains and the valleys,
rivers and lakes,
the sea and the seashore.



"Enjoy the world with your feet;
walk it.

Enjoy the world with your hands;
touch it.

Enjoy the world with your eyes;
admire it.

Enjoy the world with your nose;
smell it.

Enjoy the world with your ears;
listen to its music.

Enjoy the world;
live in it".



The bread is warm and fresh,
The water cool and clear.

Lord of all life, be with us,
Lord of all life, be bear.

- African Grace


If you are going to a special service, travel safely.

Take gentle care
Best wishes


JustJohn Report 5 May 2013 17:53

Thankyou very much, Elizabeth. Lovely thoughts.:-) :-)

In the African grace, should it be "near" rather than "bear". :-S


Jane Report 5 May 2013 18:15

Elizabeth ,this has brought back memories for me .My Dad did the Beating the Bounds.He did it every year for many years in our village.I have a very emotional video with him in doing this whilst suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.It was his last one.Many people from the village took part .It started at the Church and ended at the Church.Some of the walk was wonderful as it took in the cliff path along the coast line.This was in Wembury South Devon.
Thanks for this Elizabeth.I have never ever heard of anyone knowing about Beating the Bounds.


Elizabethofseasons Report 5 May 2013 23:43

Dear Jane


Thank you very much for replying.

I am glad this bought back good memories. <3

Dear John............yes, it should be "near" rather than "bear" but I like bear too!

Take gentle care
Best wishes


JoyDean Report 6 May 2013 15:28


We have done Beating the Bounds. :)


Elizabethofseasons Report 7 May 2013 00:10

Dear Joy


Thank you for adding. :-)

Hope you all had a peaceful bank holiday and safe journeys.

Take gentle care all <3
Best wishes


CupCakes Report 7 May 2013 05:35

Interesting but have to admit I haven't a clue about Rogation day.
Never heard of it before


Cynthia Report 7 May 2013 08:48

I can remember coming out of church during the service and standing with the congregation at the 'centre' of the village where I used to live.

We didn't actually walk around the parish boundary as it would have been too far, but the Vicar said prayers for the crops and blessed the village.

I suppose it would be impractical to revive the tradition in many areas, as many parish boundaries will have been built on.

I do know that some parish boundaries actually run down the centre of a road or through a house, which used to make things legally difficult when we had the original banns system from the church.

Some churches actually pray for different streets in their parish in weekly rotation which is a nice thought.

Thank you Elizabeth. <3