Rogation Sunday, May 13th – Press Release
CHRISTIAN ECOLOGY LINK PRESS RELEASE 25 APRIL 2012
ROGATIONTIDE AND LAMBING SERVICES THIS MAY IN THE UK
ROGATION SUNDAY – THIS YEAR ON 13 MAY
An opportunity to pray in the open air - in nature -
The environment is vital for our survival. Rogation Services
offer an opportunity to pray for this. CEL has compiled a list
of Rogation Services in the UK
* Up to date list of Rogation Services and similar throughout UK
* What is a Rogation service
* Lambing Services; Pet Services; Salt Services - Yes SALT!
* Quote by Bishop of Bradford
In a Rogation Service people walk round the village or neighbourhood
and stop with a prayer, reading and hymn at the stream, meadow,
farm, field of wheat or relevant location and ask God’s Blessing
for the coming year on the crops. In some places the village bounds
are beaten. (i.e. a walk round the parish boundary). Rogation Sunday –
is always the Sunday before Ascension Day. The name comes from the
Latin “Rogare” – to ask.
Judith Allinson, Christian Ecology Link’s Web Editor says
"It is a brilliant service – just “being” in the open air,
under the blue (or cloud filled) sky, hearing the birds (and
the traffic), in contact with the real world: praying about
things we can see hear and smell..."
Bishop Nick Baines of Bradford says:-
"Nearly three thousand years ago a poet (psalmist) wrote,
'The earth is the Lord's and everything in it.' This is the
starting point for any Christian, and we celebrate God's good
creation with joy. Rogation services encourage us to enact
this gratitude and celebration."
According to the page on the CEL website which highlights some Rogation
services, Yorkshire is a stronghold for Rogation Services.
Lambing services feature in the Yorkshire Dales - where the main crop is
sheep. These are often held on the farm itself – such as Newhouses Farm in
Horton in Ribblesdale (6 May) and Wenningside Farm near Clapham Station
(Clapham in Yorks 20 May)
On 6 May there will be a Lambing service at the
picturesque church of Hubberholme in Upper Wharfedale led by Nick Baines,
Bishop of Bradford. He says:
ROGATION AND PET SERVICES
Expanding on the theme of Rogation, Clapham and Austwick are holding
'Rogation and Pet' services on 13 May.
Settle Methodist Church is holding its café service on the theme “All
Creatures Great and Small”
In Cheshire they encourage churches to have a 'Salt' Service
For a list of all the services see www.christian-ecology.org.uk/rogation.htm
for running a service is available at
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