Asking – Rogation Service

May 27, 2014

The Bishop’s Officer for Rural Life, the Rev’d Richard Kirlew, took the opportunity to hold a Rogation Service on a farm again this year.  The Service, which involved a blessing of the farm gate, the farmer and his family, the farmhouse, garden, livestock, machinery and crop.  The Blessing was followed by Eucharist, at which Bishop John Davies presided.  Although it was a wet day, the rain held off just long enough for Bishop John to complete the Blessings without getting wet!  The Service was held in a barn, which dates from 1783.  The barn was restored by the family in 2006. The farm, which hosted the Rogation Service, is owned by Terry and Sharon Bridgewater.  They run a very typical mixed hill farm in the Radnorshire hills near Rhulen.  Terry is carrying on the family tradition of farming in the Edw Valley, working alongside his parents, Billy and Janet, who farm about a mile away in the same valley. The tradition of Rogation comes from the Latin word, Rogare, which means ‘to ask’.  And so it is God’s blessing we ask upon the various sections of the farm, such as livestock, machinery and crops in the Service. The Service was followed by a very ample Bring & Share lunch!  Bishop John was assisted in the Service by Revd Richard Kirlew and Linda Watson, Ordinand.