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Into the Countryside

07 June 2013

THE choir of Southwell Minster had plenty of extra exercise early in May. On the Sunday before Ascension Day (Rogation Sunday), the traditional Rogationtide procession was held, beginning with a service in the cathedral and then going out through the lanes (above) to Brackenhurst Campus, part of Nottingham Trent University.

The procession through the countryside included prayers, hymns, and thanksgiving for all aspects of rural life, including livestock. They stopped to pray beside fields of sheep and cattle, and even met some of them at the campus, where they were joined by students and staff.

It was an opportunity, the Dean of Southwell, the Very Revd John Guille, said, to join with the university staff and students "to celebrate all that God gives us through the land and livestock they care for".

On Ascension Day, the choristers were up early, and, instead of their usual morning rehearsal, they had climbed to the top of the minster's tower by 7.30 a.m. to sing traditional Ascension Day hymns.

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