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Rogation Celebrations

Where this survives, it is a walk of the boundaries, of the parish, but it used to be far more important. They rang bes to scare devils away. It was to ensure fertility if the fields, established Connections between heaven & their parish, and by walking with neighbours gave a chance to settle disputes, forgive … Continue reading

The Sunday Assembly

With the decline of formal religion, there are a lot of ideas being kicked about by many people on how to get the benefits of religion without, well, the religious bits. Some people talk of concerts and sporting events as religious experiences, but there is a new idea which seems to fit the bill, the … Continue reading

No Peace When Peace Arrived

No Peace When Peace Arrived

But never doubt that God may still be found, Long as one bell sends forth a Gospel sound! The sound of churchbells ringing are an increasingly rare event, but they were once at the very centre of British life.  Joseph Leech, 19th century of the local paper wrote anonymously in ‘the  Country Churchgoer’  of “on … Continue reading

Black Mass

Black Mass

I’ve been staying in a local hostel off and on for a few weeks, and occasionally chatted to a guy that seemed to drift in and out of the place. He stood out a bit as he was not only a local, but had his own place nearby, as he said, up on the hill. … Continue reading

The Last Exorcism

The Last Exorcism

“Lo, Lukins comes, and with him comes a train Of Parsons famous for a lack of brain ; With owl-like faces, and with raven coats, Their solemn step their solemn task denotes, By exorcising, prayers and rebukings, To drive seven sturdy devils out of Lukins.” Bristol, England  is famous for lots of things. Its’ old … Continue reading