WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY-AUTHOR’S CORNER: Lammas an Almost Forgotten Celebration by author Phyllis Staton Campbell #Celebration#Festival#Lammas

As we continue with WordPress Wednesday, I’d like to invite you to read this fascinating article written by author Phyllis Staton Campbell. Who, I might remind you will be speaking on the September Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist) phone chat.

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LAMMAS ALMOST FORGOTTEN CELEBRATION

BY PHYLLIS STATON CAMPBELL

Reprinted from Our Special, September-October, 2019

Lately I’ve been rereading old favorites. There’s something about a book you’ve read before, whether it’s a childhood favorite, or something you may have read recently. You know what is going to happen, and if it is something exciting or poignant, you wait for it to happen. Often, and I can’t explain why, it’s as exciting or heart rending as it was before.

Two such series are the books by Elis Peters, featuring the sometimes conniving, for the good, of course, and compassionate monk Brother Cadfael. The other, is the series by Ken Follett. In both series the festival of Lammas is mentioned. I wanted to know more about this ancient festival, so, off I went to my old friend Firefox.

In both series, the festival is celebrated with all in the village bringing a loaf of bread to be shared with all. These weren’t just bread, but all kinds of bread, ginger bread, onion bread, garlic bread, salt bread, just to name a few. Some were the conventional loaf shape, where others defied convention, presenting original creations, hearts, bow knots, figure-eights, and even the cathedral that was under construction, as it would look when completed. In the Peters series, the festival was only mentioned in passing.

I wondered how the poor who were unable to afford an oven managed to bake their Lammas loaf. The book stated that they “borrowed ovens from neighbors, or were allowed to use the large ovens at the priory.

In the Northern Hemisphere the festival of Lammas, sometimes known as loaf mass,  was held August, first, until September, first. In the Southern Hemisphere it was held from February until March.

Although the loaves were brought to the priest for a blessing, they were sometimes associated with magic. An example of this is that the loaf was broken into four pieces, and placed in the four corners of the barn to protect the grain stored there.

In many parts of England tenants were required to present the their lord (landlord) fresh grain around the first of August.

In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, where it is referred to regularly, it is called “the feast of first fruits”. The blessing of first fruits was performed annually in both the Eastern and Western Churches on the first or the sixth of August (the latter being the feast of the Transfiguration of Christ).

Lammas has coincided with the feast of St. Peter in Chains, commemorating St. Peter’s miraculous deliverance from prison, but in the liturgical reform of 1969, the feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori was transferred to this day, the day of St. Alphonsus’ death.

There are a number of cultural references to the Feast of Lammas.

“In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1.3.19) it is observed of Juliet, “Come Lammas Eve at night shall she [Juliet] be fourteen.” Since Juliet was born Lammas eve, she came before the harvest festival, which is significant since her life ended before she could reap what she had sown and enjoy the bounty of the harvest, in this case full consummation and enjoyment of her love with Romeo.”

“Another well-known cultural reference is the opening of The Battle of Otterburn: “It fell about the Lammas tide when the muir-men win their hay.”.

“William Hone speaks in The Every-Day Book (1838) of a later festive Lammas day sport common among Scottish farmers near Edinburgh. He says that they “build towers…leaving a hole for a flag-pole in the centre so that they may raise their colours.” When the flags over the many peat-constructed towers were raised, farmers would go to others’ towers and attempt to “level them to the ground.” A successful attempt would bring great praise. However, people were allowed to defend their towers, and so everyone was provided with a “tooting-horn” to alert nearby country folk of the impending attack and the battle would turn into a “brawl.” According to Hone, more than four people had died at this festival and many more were injured. At the day’s end, races were held, with prizes given to the townspeople.”

Other sources speak of more family oriented sports events. Children, women and men took part in foot races, in their respective groups. Men and older boys took part in archery competitions. There is no mention of prizes, but I suspect they were awarded.

I couldn’t determine whether any areas still celebrate this festival, but it is possible that some rural areas in England might, just as a few still celebrate Harvest Home. I can’t help thinking how, in some ways, they resemble group picnics here in the US, where  such things as horseshoe contests and foot races are held.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.

Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.

 

She is a graduate of the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (DPT for the Blind). Further education, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia; Creative Writing, The Hadley Institute for the Blind; Creative Writing Creative Writing Institute; Novel Writing University of Wisconsin-Madison

Books by Phyllis Campbell.

Front Cover For Where Sheep May Safely Graze by Phyllis Staton Campbell

New Release 2017

Where Sheep May Safely Graze

 

Other books by Phyllis Campbell…

 

COME HOME MY HEART, 1985.

REPRINTED IN 2001

 

FRIENDSHIPS IN THE DARK, 1996 Reprint 1997

 

The Evil Men Do 2006, true crime, written under contract for the family of the victim.

 

Who Will hear Them Cry, April, 2012

 

A Place To Belong August, 2012

 

Out of the Night February, 2014

 

If you would like to contact Phyllis email her at: Pcampbell16@verizon.net

Or

campbellphyllis17@gmail.com

To see more visit:  http://www.amazon.com/author/psc-books-all

Find her on Facebook:  https://­www.facebook.com/­Phyllis-Staton-Campbe­ll-361675114286715/

 

 

About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com Visit: https://pattysworlds.com/ And: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher As well as: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG
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2 Responses to WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY-AUTHOR’S CORNER: Lammas an Almost Forgotten Celebration by author Phyllis Staton Campbell #Celebration#Festival#Lammas

  1. Old traditions are so interesting. Thanks for sharing this festival with us.

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