Lammas Introduction

August 1

“You shall observe the feast of weeks with the first fruits of wheat harvest… Exodus 34:22

Lammas or Loaf Mass is the wonderful Holy Day of the First Fruits of the Harvest.  Summer is ending and the harvest has begun.  Although all but forgotten this Holy Day is of special significance for all of us, a time to be grateful and a time to be mindful.

The first of the harvest is grain, hence the Loaf Mass.  In the past the first fruits of the harvest were baked into bread.  These loaves were taken to Church for the Loaf Mass on August 1st.  The loaves were then blessed and some of it was used for Communion, some went home with you for your feast and the rest were given to the feed the poor.  By this method the First Fruits of the Harvest were returned to God in thanks and love.  It is also one of the three celebrations that God wants us to have.  The other two are Passover and Autumnal Equinox.

“You shall observe a feast to me three times a year. You shall observe the feast of unleavened bread. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month Abib (for in it you came out from Egypt), and no one shall appear before me empty. And the feast of harvest, the first fruits of your labors, which you sow in the field: and the feast of harvest, at the end of the year, when you gather in your labors out of the field.  Exodus 23:14-16

You shall bring out of your habitations two loaves of bread for a wave offering made of two tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour. They shall be baked with yeast, for first fruits to Yahweh. Leviticus 23:17

Peace be with you.

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