Rogation Sunday is the day when the Church has traditionally offered prayer for God’s blessings on the fruits of the earth and the labours of those who produce our food. The word “rogation” is from the Latin rogare, “to ask.” Historically, the Rogation Days (the three days before Ascension Day) were a period of fasting and abstinence, beseeching God’s blessing on the crops for a bountiful harvest. In medieval England the Rogation Days were observed with processions that began in the local church and proceeded to outline the boundaries of the parish, pausing occasionally for the recitation of prayers. Priests and cross-bearers led these long walks in the countryside. Accordingly, the English sometimes called the Rogation Days the “Walking Days” from the Old Anglo-Saxon name for the observance, Gang Daegas, meaning approximately “Day of Going About.”Rogation21
Our Churches are open for you this weekend for Private Prayer from 9-6 (Finghall 2-4) as we pay our respects and share in the Nations Morning. We have been asked to join in with the National online book of Condolence at https://www.royal.uk/
God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for the love he shared among us,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.
Merciful God, be close to all who mourn,
especially The Queen and all members of the Royal Family.
May they know the hope of your promises
and the comfort of your love,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection.
Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration
in union with the Church throughout the world.
Christ enters his own city to complete his work
as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again.
Let us go with him in faith and love, so that,
united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.
17 February 2021
Since early days Christians have observed with great devotion the time of our Lord’s passion and resurrection. It became the custom of the Church to prepare for this by a season of penitence and fasting.
As a sign of the spirit of penitence with which we shall keep this season of preparation for Easter, we invite you to receive on your head in ash the sign of the cross, the symbol of our salvation.
This year we have sent out packs with both liturgy and small envelopes containing ash made from last years palm cross, for you to mark this important day at home. If you are able, please do join us at our services at 09:00 or 18:00, however, we have also included a card with instructions if you would like to do so on your own. Please click here for a downloadable copy of our Ash Wednesday At Home Card
At Home CardAsh-weds-21-card
Full Service SheetAsh-weds-21
Come & Join us on Zoom as we offer a virtual Clypp (hug) our Church ask for God’s blessing on our communities and share pancakes!
Clipping the church is an ancient custom that is traditionally held in England on Easter Monday or Shrove Tuesday. The word “clypping” is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and is derived from the word “clyppan”, meaning “embrace” or “clasp”. Clipping the church involves the congregation holding hands in a ring around the church. Once the circle is completed onlookers will often cheer and sometimes hymns are sung. Following the ceremony a sermon is delivered in the church and there are refreshments. Christians adopted this tradition to show their love for their church and the surrounding people.
This year we are having a Zoom Clypping and Pancakes service! Please do join us with pancakes ready and if you can a Lemon (all will be explained on the night)! As we can’t hug the Church this year we have included a Clypping Blessing Card so you can go to your Doorsteps and then come back to the Zoom!Clypping-2021-Card
Come and join us outside St Michaels Spennithorne as we gather at the crib to hear and Christmas story and sing Carols together.
16:00 Christmas Eve
Wrap up warm and bring lanterns or torches!