#On This Day – The Follower

Monday, May 18th, 2020


Rogation Monday is an old religious custom, one of four days set aside in the Christian calendar known as Rogation Days, in which the congregation would ask for God’s mercy. Traditionally a procession, led by the clergy, would wind its way around a parish in order to bless fields, crops and animals. The festival can be traced back to late fifth century Gaul and it is believed that it came to Britain during the Anglo Saxon period. As the procession was usually accompanied by crosses and holy images these aspects of it were banned during the Reformation period. The procession allowed for the checking of the physical boundaries of the parish, particularly useful in times before maps and written deeds, and became what it is known as today as beating the bounds. Those in the procession would carry ‘wands’ and would stop to beat boundary stones or prominent tress, often carving a cross into the bark. allowing for the boundaries of the parish to be remembered by all involved.

Why not join the procession and listen to the unexpected history of the follower podcast here!


More Magazine Articles

#On This Day – The Tudors

29, 6, 2020 - #OnThisDay Unexpectedly May 19 is quite a day in the history of the Tudors! On this day in 1499 .... Read More

#On This Day – Lightning

7, 2, 2019 - #OnThisDay Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7 February 1812 in Portsmouth, Hampshire. .... Read More

#On This Day – Boxes

5, 8, 2017 - #OnThisDay August 5, 1926 Harry Houdini was sealed in a submerged coffin in the pool of the .... Read More

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with Histories of the Unexpected