On Sunday 31st July, worshippers from St. Dingat’s Dingestow, St. Michael’s Mitchel Troy, St Mary Tregaer, St. Thomas’s Overmonnow and St. Mary’s Priory Church Monmouth gathered on the village green in Dingestow for a united 5th Sunday Lammas service. Lammas – or loaf mass – is a tradition that has been largely forgotten but which was the first Harvest festival which predates the now traditional October Harvest festival by many centuries. A Celtic pagan celebration to give thanks for the baking of the first loaf from the first flour from the new harvest became an important Christian festival for the early church. It was revived by an eccentric Anglican vicar in Cornwall in 1843 and then was reinvented as the October Harvest festival.
It was such a joy to be able to meet in numbers from different parishes in the open air, to share bread freshly baked by church members with cheese and cider. And it only rained during the last song!