In 470, during a time of unusual natural calamities, St Mamertus of Vienne (in France), originated the custom of processions of outdoor prayer. These ‘rogationtide processions,’ with litanies, spread quickly to other places and became popular in England, especially in Eastertide, near Ascension Day. The processions developed to become walks around the parish boundary, a custom still observed in several parishes today.
At St Chrysostom’s we often walk the parish boundary at Rogationtide. We ask for God’s blessing on the work done in the parish, and upon the land itself. Last year we did it with cakes and ale.
This year, we are having a virtual procession of the boundary as, through our Facebook group, Philip, parish assistant, is sharing photos of different parts of the parish boundary, with a request for pray for our parish, its land and its people.
In our parish may God’s will be done, not only ‘on earth’ but ‘in earth as it is in heaven.’