Yorkshire farmers to celebrate harvest at Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society are to join forces at the weekend to give thanks to God for the harvest.

The service at 10.30am on Sunday 30 September will celebrate those who work in the countryside - in agriculture and conservation.

The Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson said: “Following a year of extreme weather conditions when the challenges faced by farmers have been particularly intense, we are reminded that we cannot take the basic provision of our food for granted.

“A traditional harvest thanksgiving acknowledging God as the provider of all good things and celebrating the efforts of those who work hard all year round to meet our daily needs, is a perfect opportunity for the cathedral to host the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

“I am delighted that the president of this wonderful organisation has chosen Ripon Cathedral as the place for the society to celebrate the harvest this year.

“Everyone is very welcome to join us for what will be a tremendous service of celebration and thanksgiving.”

The service is a traditional harvest celebration with well-known harvest hymns and harvest offerings together with the presentation of gifts and symbols illustrating the many aspects of agricultural life.

President of the YAS Tom Ramsden said: “The Harvest Thanksgiving Service is a special moment for all farmers to reflect on the past year and the harvest just gathered and to give thanks for the contribution they can make to the food they produce and the countryside they look after. 

 

“Farmers are boundless optimists especially when faced with the uncertainties of changing politics and climate. They are lucky to love what they do and to feel deeply the contribution they can make to the wellbeing of communities and country.”

 

The preacher will be  Dom Henry Wansbrough, from Ampleforth Abbey. A Benedictine monk, Dom Wansbrough is a renowned biblical scholar, prolific author and General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible.

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