Sunday 7 May 12.45pm
Join us for our annual procession around the parish boundary, to reaffirm our belonging and thankfulness for this physical place.
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Accessibility and timings
There will be a range of journeys suitable for strollers, striders and wheelers, and we’ll be back in time for Soul Sanctuary and afternoon tea.
‘Beating the bounds’ is an ancient rogation tradition in which parishioners process around the boundary of the parish, reciting a litany of the saints, and praying for its protection. This year we coincide with coronation weekend with its emphasis on community-building, so our ‘litany’ will reflect this theme, holding tensions between boundary and belonging, inclusion and exclusion, kingship and kinship. Let’s get every St James’s group represented with a reading or reflection for the journey!
The earth had it right:
while we carved it into kingdoms, fought for borders,
deep in that earth the fungi were pushing
nutrients to weak plants.
The trees had it right:
while we arranged ourselves in rank, every tree was spiralling
in a delicate dance of adjustment, so no leaf
would thwart its neighbour’s growth;
The flowers had it right:
while we placed a glittering weight on the conqueror’s head
and bowed down, the buttercups were blazing
five circles of sun-gold.
that even Solomon in all his glory
was never arrayed like one of these.