Sacred Calendars; Lammas with Alison Milbank
From Simon Barnett
Lammas – from ‘Loaf Mass’ – is the original harvest thanksgiving feast when the first loaf, baked from the newly harvested grain, was presented in the local church. Because it was linked to the harvest, it usually took place early in August and it has left us with a remarkable legacy of folk customs. As an celebration of community thanksgiving the festival reflects basic themes of Christian prayer and is directly linked to the Eucharist both in its customs, basic symbolism, and in its fundamental theology. It is now part of the festivals of the ‘agricultural year’ in Common Worship.