Feeding the Poor
Giving food to the poor is a wonderful way to start this Holy Day off right.
for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in. Mathew 25: 35
There are many ways to do this: Many churches have perpetual food drives. There are soup kitchens that need food, donations, and volunteers. There are even grocery stores that sometimes have food bank donation areas. Look around – they are not hard to find.
This activity is obvious. Baking bread is a perfect Lammas activity. A recipe for a special harvest bread can be found in the “Lammas Recipes” post.
Wave the Bread
Make the bread the first part of your feast and now we wave it! Here’s a prayer for you, adapted from the Jewish tradition.
Lift the bread to the sky!
Eternal God, please witness this bread of the first fruits of the harvest as an outward sign of our knowledge that You have once again given of Yourself that we might live, You who are the Holy Spirit Giver of Life.
Lower it and raise it again!
Please accept our love and gratitude for these the first fruits of the harvest and the harvest to come, symbolized here in this bread and represented by our feeding those in need, You who are the Father, Sender of Manna in the Desert.
Lower it and raise it a third time!
Please join in our joy and be with us in our celebration of this Lammas, You who are the Son, the True Bread of Life.
Lower it to the table.
All of this we ask in your name God, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Share the bread with everyone there, then let the feast begin! Don’t forget to Cheers!
Make a Corn Dolly
Aren’t corn dollies just a Pagan thing? No! Like the Christmas Tree, what was once a pre-Christ Incarnation idea has its origins in Christ.
Remember, St. Augustine tells us “That which is called the Christian religion existed among the ancients, and never did not exist from the beginning of the human race until Christ came in the flesh, at which time the true religion, which already existed, began to be called Christianity.”
Therefore, like the Christmas Tree, I have no problem adapting it. That being said, what is the meaning of the Corn Dolly to us? A corn dolly represents us: ephemeral, fragile and destined to turn to dust. But it also represents us, the first fruits of Christ’s harvest.
…These are those who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed by Jesus from among men, the first fruits to God and to the Lamb. Rev 14:4
But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then those who are Christ’s, at his coming. 1 Corinthians 15:23
Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:23
It is fun if each person makes their own corn dolly to represent themselves. I’ve seen a woman make elaborate an elaborate kimono for her’s and I’ve seen a man make his complete with paddle-board and oar. It is representative of you, make it your own.
These make great table decorations for your Lammas feast along with some sunflowers. Sunflowers symbolize the person who is dedicated to Christ, and who, like the sunflower which constantly turns toward the sun (Son) and is ever seeking the face of the Lord. They are in season now.
How to make Corn Dollies
You will need:
9 corn husks
You can use green corn husk you peel from a corn cob yourself, if you are using corn in your Lammas feast. If you use dried husks, soak the husks in warm water about half an hour to make them more pliable. Take four corn husks and arrange them so that all the fat ends are stacked together and tie them off about an inch from the top. The top being the skinny end. Separate the husks into two (two husks in one hand and two in the other) and turn upside down, pulling the long ends of husks down over the tied end. Tie with string to form the “head” over the original tied end which is now inside.
Take another husk, cut it into a large square. Roll the square into a tight cylinder and tie each end with string. This makes the arms and hands. Fit the arms inside the long husks just below the neck and then tie underneath to form a waist.
Take four more husks and place the small end around the waist and tie off to form a skirt. If your doll is a girl, you’re done!
If your doll is a boy cut straight up the skirt and bundle each side together and wrap lags with string and tie off. Now you’re done!
At this point you can add embellishments if you like. Remember, it is supposed to be you. I have fun with it and make it your own!
Gather up Your Stores in Heaven
“Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6: 19 – 21
The best way of gathering your treasures in heaven is to pray, re-enforce your connection with God. Spend some time each day praying to and listening to (meditating) God. Praying is talking; meditation is listening.
If you feel like you need some guidance on how to do this or would like to use this time more intentionally you might wish to try the “Praying by Moonlight” posts or “Falling in Love with God” posts.
Peace be with you.