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Beating the Bounds

Image from our Land Art 2016 wall calendar featuring artwork by Dietmar Voorwold. Click image for more info.

Image from our Land Art 2016 wall calendar featuring artwork by Dietmar Voorwold. Click image for more info.

The days directly before and including Ascension Day (May 5 this year) have long been celebrated by processions around the boundaries of a property. This ancient ritual was approved by the Council of Orleans in 511. Sometimes it is called the Rogation Days.

In Belgium, the priest carries a cross and leads a procession around the fields, blessing the crops and praying for rain and abundant harvests. The litany of all saints is chanted, presumably invoking their assistance and protection. Continue reading