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Chorister

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Sometimes the Church can get involved with some very strange customs. This caused quite a stir in Worcestershire, a service with some very unusual costumes indeed.

Does your area have particular customs which would look barmy to the outside world? Does the church get involved? Or stay well clear!

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Chorister

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Aha, I now see a similar thread in Ecclesiantics, feel free to close this one if it's a more suitable discussion there....

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jedijudy

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I think we may have Heavenly potential here! Let's just see who might participate and what interesting things we can learn!

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Brenda Clough
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This is not where I live. However, the Blessing of the Jeeps seems to be a popular annual event in Michigan. I had not known of God's particular interest in off-the-road vehicles, but there you are. He is larger than I am.

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When we saw that picture in the Telegraph, D's reaction was "I wonder if he realises that the bloke behind him is carrying a bunch of asparagus?"

[Big Grin]

In his youth, D. was the organist of a church opposite a diesel-engine factory, and they used to have one of the engines in the church for Harvest Festival as it was, sort of, the local harvest.

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A friend's church on the south coast blesses boats; the same place also walks the boundary of the parish for Rogation - it takes all day - and they also bless ploughs and other agricultural machinery on Plough Sunday.

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
When we saw that picture in the Telegraph, D's reaction was "I wonder if he realises that the bloke behind him is carrying a bunch of asparagus?"

[Big Grin]

In his youth, D. was the organist of a church opposite a diesel-engine factory, and they used to have one of the engines in the church for Harvest Festival as it was, sort of, the local harvest.

My dad tells of a harvest festival which celebrated local industry, including (especially) Rolls Royce. Someone arranges for one of their jet engines to be the centrepiece.

He never mentioned that it was worth a few million.

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Chorister

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To my knowledge, there are only two Goose Fairs in the country, one in Tavistock and one in Nottingham. There is no Blessing of the Geese ceremony in Tavistock, although perhaps there should be - anyone know if there is one in Nottingham?

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Stercus Tauri
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The New Yorker once picked up an ancient custom that celebrates their civilization.

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Gee D
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Some years ago, Anglicans Online ran this article on little known Shrove Tuesday practices in TEC. Some are very interesting and the article is well worth reading.

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Evangeline
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We have a blessing of the backpacks on the Sunday before school starts for the year. Students bring their backpack or another symbol of their studies and they come up to the front of church for a blessing and we give them a bag tag with a prayer on it.
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Gee D
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As do we.

There's an Anglican parish somewhere in the Riverina, where the local Aust Rules teams show up and the football jerseys are blessed. Probably the only time that year that most are in church, but they do show up, and the rector says a prayer or 2 before the big match on Saturdays.

[ 30. April 2017, 07:56: Message edited by: Gee D ]

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Welease Woderwick

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Both Hindus and Christians [but not Muslims] down here tend to take a new vehicle to temple or church to be blessed but it is an individual rather than a group effort.

At [Hindu] temple festivals both Kavadi dancers and the accompanying Chenda Melam drummers get blessed before they begin.

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Ann

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There's always the story of the vicar washing his new car and being asked a silly question (What are you doing?) by his neighbour, the Rabbi.
"I'm baptising my new car!" jokes the vicar.
Next thing he sees, the rabbi's taking a saw to the last inch of his new car's exhaust pipe.

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L'organist
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Chichester has a Sloe Fair dating back to around 1110: originally a fair to mark St Faith's day, it is named after a sloe tree which stood in the middle of the ground where the fair is held. The people of Chichester take the fair very seriously - a plan to have a mulit-storey car-park on the site was turned down out of hand because it would need the fair to be either moved or stopped.

A mate who lives near Chichester says that all the local schools take the Sloe Fair into account when fixing holidays, training days, etc.

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Blessing of the Truffle hunters happened a while back in these parts. There is a truffle farm on the outskirts of this fair city. Can't remember whether this involved pigs and dogs as well as humans, but it was An Event remarked upon in our local newscasts.

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