The first of August – a cross-
Though Lammas does not appear in the Episcopal Church’s Kalendar, the modern three-
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
and in Year B, the Gospels for the four Sundays in August are taken from Jn 6, which contains that Gospel’s account of the same Feeding as well as the ‘Bread from Heaven’ / ‘Bread of Life’ discourse.
Lammas is not the only occasion on which bread is blessed; in fact, in Orthodox Churches to this day, the portion of the bread which is brought and offered for the Eucharist but is not actually consecrated is regularly blessed and distributed to the people after the Divine Liturgy, often today including non-
And so upon this Lammas Day, we might recall this prayer over the Eucharistic bread from the late first- or early second-
We give Thee thanks, O Father, for the life and knowledge which Thou didst make known unto us through Thy Son Jesus; Thine is the glory for ever and ever. As this broken bread was scattered upon the mountains, and being gathered together became one, so may Thy Church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into Thy kingdom; for Thine is the glory and the power through Jesus Christ for ever and ever.