Lammas Day is on Thursday 1 August.
This is the original ‘harvest festival’ dating from Anglo-Saxon times when thanks is given for the first fruits rather than just in the autumn when all is gathered in.
“It provides us with time to pause and reflect on our connection with the agricultural world and the source of our food,” says Southwark Cathedral which will mark the occasion at lunchtime this Thursday.
“We recognise bread as a central element in our worship – a staple of both altar and table. As we gather as a Eucharistic community and share the Lammas loaf, we give thanks to God, the giver of all good things.”
12:15pm Blessing of the first grain at Borough Market‘s Bread Ahead bakery opposite the Cathedral.
12:30pm Procession from Bread Ahead to the Cathedral.
12:45pm Eucharist using the Lammas loaf baked by Bread Ahead. Loaves are placed in front of the altar.