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Rogation Sunday

This afternoon, people from the United Benefice of Cambo, Kirkwhelpington, Kirkharle and Kirkheaton, met in Kirkwhelpington and set off together on a walk, with children and dogs. Our vicar has one of her own and another was staying so I was able to help out by taking one of them. It was very funny - there were lots of stiles and at every one there was a drama getting the dogs over! The shooting dogs were fine - they jump, go under or over. The rest were lifted over if small enough or heaved or whatever and it was the same at every stile. When I say stile, I mean a stone wall with a wooden construction, with steps with quite a stretch between and a sort of platform on the top. Designed for humans, not dogs! Anyway, the cheerful party made the 3 miles (mostly up hill) to a farm, where we were greeted with tea and buttered scones, ginger bread and fruit bread. Then we moved to the sitting room (lounge or parlour) where we had a Rogation service. It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The rain had fallen all morning and started again as we left - many of us in cars. Then it poured with fog. In between it was fine, no mist and warm. How lucky we were!

Posted at 27th Apr 2008 - 11:25PM   Posted by Withy Brook   Rogation Sunday Comments: 13

Preseli Mags's Avatar Gosh, yes, weren't you lucky with the weather. I love the term 'pouring with fog'. I also love the names of the places, Kirkwhelpington's wonderful! It sounds like a very enjoyable afternoon.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 27th Apr 2008 at 11:30PM

Westerwitch's Avatar What a lovely way to spend a Sunday.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 28th Apr 2008 at 12:09AM

Camilla's Avatar Hi Withy,
What a lovely day you had, yummy food and tea too, love that name Kirkwhelpington, will have to look that up in book on the history of it's name.


Posted by: Camilla on 28th Apr 2008 at 12:34AM

Frances's Avatar Hello Withy,
I am thinking as I read your post that this is just the sort of post that makes me so happy to be able to be in contact with all of you.
I can click some keys on my computer and and taken far away from the familiar concerns of my urban life. I really find it so refreshing to have this access to an out of door life, to picture what it is to come upon a stile, to sense what it might be to be in fog.
Here in New York, I measure fog's depth when I cannot see the top of the Empire State Building. I do like the more natural measure of which you've written.

Posted by: Frances on 28th Apr 2008 at 12:49AM

Pondside's Avatar What a wonderful picture you paint, Withy! Stiles and fog and romping dogs and laughing, hiking humans. I loved the images they all conjured up!
What is a rogation service?? - always interested in new traditions.

Posted by: Pondside on 28th Apr 2008 at 02:32AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar I like the idea of a feast instead of a fast to celebrate Rogation Sunday, especially the fruit cake! I hope God was listening and watching well so that your parish may be protected and your crops prosper! How funny dogs not being able to do stiles it creates a very funny image Withy thank you!!!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 28th Apr 2008 at 07:14AM

Peterwf's Avatar We used to "Beat the Bounds" at our old village church, we would proceed around the boundary of the parish and pray for its protection and ask for a good crop in the forthcoming year.
A sort of opposite end to harvest celebrations.


Posted by: Peterwf on 28th Apr 2008 at 08:58AM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar I read the post and somewhere in the depths of my memory clanked that it was the day the farmers prayed for their crops and also the 'beating of the bounds' or walking around the parish boundaries to make sure they were still in place. last year our neighbouring parish decided to have a beating the bounds day ....nearly 25 miles long! We did the first part of it and walked along very much forgotten footpaths, it was lovely. Its so uplifting to keep the old country traditions alive.

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 28th Apr 2008 at 09:19AM

KittyB's Avatar Sounds like a wonderful afternoon. And the walk with the stiles sounds like our U3A walks, trying to get aged labradors as well as aged mothers with dodgy hips over the stiles! If only I dared take a photo!

Posted by: KittyB on 28th Apr 2008 at 09:43AM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar Would love to know exactly what a Rogation Sevice is. Saw one advertised in the next village yesterday at one of the farms - wish I'd gone, it sounds like it would have been a wonderful experience (particularly if there had been scones).

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 28th Apr 2008 at 10:52AM

Cait's Avatar I would have loved this.... a mass walk with lots of dogs.

Posted by: Cait on 28th Apr 2008 at 11:56AM

Peterwf's Avatar I have posted a short piece about Rogation Sunday in my religious blog for those who are interested.

Posted by: Peterwf on 28th Apr 2008 at 02:05PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Thank you Peter. All the earlier part came into our vicar's sermon at Holy communion, earlier in the day. The only thing I can add is that 'Beating' the Bounds gets its name from the priest beating the ground with his Willow wand, as they walked the parish boundery.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 28th Apr 2008 at 09:06PM

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