Rogation days (from the Latin rogare ‘to ask, pray or beseech’) are the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday running up to the Thursday of Ascension Day. During these days, ancient custom was to walk the boundary of the Parish in procession, singing hymns and praying for blessing on its people and lands. Read More
It is not known when this ceremony was last celebrated in Pannal, though, since the Parish of Pannal features in some very ancient records, it is not unreasonable to suppose that it would have been, at some points in the past. With the dissolution of the Parish of St Mary’s (off Cold Bath Road), Pannal’s Ecclesiastical Parish boundaries have been recently redrawn, and it is planned to undertake the ‘new’ boundary circuit (choirboys will be spared!).
In olden times, both civil and church matters would have been administered within the same ‘Parish’……in more recent times, since 1832, Civil Parish boundaries have diverged from Ecclesiastical Parishes; ‘church’ Parishes will have changed with demographic shifts and the establishment of new churches, while some ‘civil’ Parishes will have been abolished as part of local government re-organisation – only to reappear in certain cases where local communities have pressed for a more local running of their affairs. This has, indeed, been the case with the recent establishment of the local Civil Parish of Pannal and Burn Bridge…..which nowadays has no formal or legal connection with the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Robert of Knaresborough, Pannal
We plan to walk the, approximately, 8-mile circuit of the Parish of St Robert of Knaresborough, Pannal on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27th, which is a Rogation Day. We will meet in St Robert’s car park for a 10.30am start and will be back by around 4.00pm. Appropriate points will be identified at which the walk may be joined or left, and where we will stop for lunch. More details of what should be a lovely family day out will be available shortly, including a final map…..so put the date in your diaries and watch this space.
In the meantime click here to see the Parish boundary; we will be modifying the route a bit to bypass short impassible stretches or dangerous road crossings etc.
For an amusing account of ‘beating the bounds’ in earlier years and in a different part of the country click on this link