Grain and bread will be carried in procession across the road from bakery to cathedral.
The Cathedral says: “The arrival of the bakery Bread Ahead opposite our gates and the constant smell of baking has given us the opportunity to make this a part of our keeping of the Christian year.”
Lammas comes from an Anglo Saxon word meaning loaf mass. The ancient custom at the start of harvest is recorded in the ninth century and therefore long predates the autumn harvest festival at the end of harvest.
All along the Pilgrims’ Way you will find that harvest has started so Lammas is not too early this year.
You might just catch the purple fields at Castle Farm near Lullingstone looking dazzling as the lavender is harvested.
The harvest will come little later at Denbies below Box Hill, on the PW from Winchester, where “things are looking promising for a lovely harvest”.
The hymn was written by Methodist minister Fred Pratt Green (1900-2000).
For the fruits of all creation, thanks be to God. For his gifts to ev’ry nation, thanks be to God. For the ploughing, sowing, reaping, silent growth while we are sleeping, future needs in earth’s safe keeping, thanks be to God.
However, the procession to the shrine site at the end of evensong is on Saturday 14 July. The service begins at 4.30pm.
Many of the Cathedral Friends will be present following their AGM.
Sunday is the Translation of St Swithun with the Foundation Eucharist at 10am (setting: Rheinberger Missa Sanctae) and Festal Evensong for St Swithun at 3.30pm.
Translation refers to the moving of Swithun’s body which gave rise to the forty days of rain or sun after St Swithun’s Day claim. This year the weather is suddenly looking uncertain.
**If you are thinking of starting out on your pilgrimage to Canterbury this weekend be warned that St Swithun’s Church at Martyr Worthy celebrated last weekend because, being one of the four Itchen Valley Churches, has no service on 15 July.
A column in The Times today has an interesting look at the weather possibilities on St Swithun’s Day this weekend.
In The Weather Eye feature, Paul Simons writes: “One thing for sure is that, after weeks of blazing sunshine, we are now entering a much more uncertain phase. Perhaps this should not come as a big surprise because Sunday is St Swithin’s Day, with its famous folklore prediction of 40 more days of sun or rain, depending on the weather on July 15.
“Even though St Swithin’s forecast isn’t supposed to be taken literally, it is fascinating because around this time in midsummer the weather tends to fix into a pattern for some time to come.”
12.30pm Festal Anglican Communion in Trinity Chapel
3.15pm Choral Evensong & procession to shrine 3.15pm
8pm Roman Catholic Mass; celebrant Bishop Nicholas Hudson; enter by south door.
SUNDAY 8 JULY
The next day is a Sunday and it is interesting to recall that the Sunday after the Translation was also considered to be a pilgrimage day. It was called Relics Sunday. Sung Eucharist is at 11am; Choral Evensong 3.15pm.
The Thomas A Becket pub in London’s Old Kent Road is closed.
Bailiffs have repossessed the ground floor space.
The pub reopened with a fanfare on St Valentine’s Day last year calling itself Rock Island Grill at the Thomas A Becket.
The ribbon was cut by Frank Bruno in recognition of the pub’s boxing heritage. A blue plaque records Henry Cooper training in an upstairs room.
The pub, listed as an ‘asset of community value’, was built in 1898 on the site of an earlier inn which was the first stop on the pilgrimage to St Thomas Becket’s shrine at Canterbury.
A handy stream running across the road was used for watering the horses. Geoffrey Chaucer, in The Canterbury Tales, describes his characters pausing here to hear the first tale.
Passports: Pilgrim passports were stamped at the pub until its closure in April. Now walkers should obtain a last ‘London’ stamp at The Royal Oak in Tabard Street. The next stamps are available at Blackheath Church and The Red Lion on Shooters Hill.
A total of eight innocent people died in the one night along with the three attackers.
Australian nurse Kirsty Boden from Guy’s Hospital died outside the cathedral.
Cathedral artist in residence Alison Clark has started work on a piece of art for the anniversary.
The theme is Broken Beauty taken from the Japanese art of Kintsugi where ceramics that have been damaged are repaired with gold.
The specially commissioned work, supported by Southwark Council, incorporates prints on taken from the sacristy door damaged in the attack aftermath together with prints from other parts of the Cathedral that show traces of the past.
Gold will be added to the piece as an echo of Kintsugi.
This installation of heavy cloth is to be hung in the retrochoir by Saturday 2 June and will remain until Thursday 14 June.
Pilgrims setting out from Southwark may see Alison at work this week.
To Canterbury from Winchester and London / Leigh Hatts