Rogation Sunday, May 9, is an opportunity for churches to take a service out into the parish, with a prayer walk and blessing the earth around them. You can use this liturgy online also, as coronavirus restrictions continue to prevent worship outside churches.
Traditional prayer processions around villages were held from the Middle Ages to ‘beat the bounds’ – where parishioners were reminded of the edges of their villages, when claims over land could cause long lasting feuds between villages!
The act of blessing can take place in a local field, or in a home garden. It is a moment to savour God’s creation.
If people are joining in at home they will need some seeds, soil and water – even an apple or tomato seed could bear fruit.
Psalm 50:1-2; 10-11
The Almighty God, the Lord, speaks;
he calls to the whole earth from east to west.
God shines from Zion,
the city perfect in its beauty.
All the animals in the forest are mine
and the cattle on thousands of hills.
All the wild birds are mine
and all living things in the fields.
We come before you our God and Sustainer, remembering that you are our Creator and the source of all being – out of your love the universe was born.
From primordial darkness you put in place all that is needed for growth and saw that it was good.
You have put this world into our hands: may we recognise your Spirit within it, disturbing and challenging us to care for creation, for the weak and the deprived. Lord we remember that we are called by you to nourish the earth and its diversity of life, to share the gifts you have given, with one another and with the poor of the world, Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
Thanks be to God