Blessed Lammas everyone!

 

Loaf Mass was the christianized version of this Sabbat, where the first harvest flour was used to bake bread. This bread was then placed on the altar at mass as an offering.

 

Bread is such an important symbol in Christianity. More than a commemoration of the Last Supper, it is also a symbol of our life’s work and how that work is our own personal offering on the divine altar. It marks a change from the offering of sacrificial animals at the Temple altar to our own offering of what we do with our lives. We stop offering others’ blood and start giving our own sweat.

 

Harvest is a symbol that outweighs words. Isn’t it the basis of our survival and the basis for all our celebrations? The combination of offering bread and commemorating the work that brought it about is such a powerful image.

 

You recognize a tree by its fruit. Harvest time is that time to honor the work you have done all year and to give thanks for the fruit it has borne.

 

May your harvest be plentiful!

Bread

Bread (Photo credit: CeresB)

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