The Courtyard at National Trust of Guernsey’s Folk and Costume Museum, Saumarez Park, is the venue for a Rogationtide Service, to be held on Sunday 26th May at 1030 am.

There will be an act of worship in the courtyard led by Deacon Sian Street and the Revd Scott Lamb and then a procession around the park asking God to bless the crops that will be grown there but also the people and activities of the park and the Parish. People may come to the worship where there will be seating without having to walk around the park. We will be joined by some residents of St John’s Residential Home. Everyone is welcome.

Organised by Delisles Methodist Church, Ste Marie du Castel and St. Matthew Cobo, a tradition is being revived which regularly took place until 2003.

Originally, the Christian observance of Rogation was taken over from Graeco-Roman religion, where an annual procession invoked divine favour to protect crops against mildew. Rogation comes from the latin rogare “to ask.” So at this point the year, we seek God’s blessing in anticipation of our thanksgiving at Harvest. The tradition grew of using processional prayers often around the parish boundaries, for the blessing of the land.  ‘Beating the bounds’ is still done in some communities. In more recent times, the scope of Rogation has been widened to include prayers for the world of work and for accountable stewardship of our planet, and the needs of local communities.

As we become more aware of our environmental crisis so there is renewed interest in Rogation worship which reminds us of our humble dependence as human beings and our connection to the earth. Rogation is an ancient tradition with a fresh resonance today.