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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, April 27, 2008
    Rogation - The Parson's Condescending
     
    CHAP. XXXV. The Parson's Condescending.

    THE Countrey Parson is a Lover of old Customes, if they be good, and harmlesse; and the rather, because Countrey people are much addicted to them, so that to favour them therein is to win their hearts, and to oppose them therin is to deject them. If there be any ill in the custome, that may be severed from the good, he pares the apple, and gives them the clean to feed on.
    Particularly, he loves Procession, and maintains it, because there are contained therein 4 manifest advantages.
    First, a blessing of God for the fruits of the field:
    Secondly, justice in the Preservation of bounds:
    Thirdly, Charity in loving walking, and neighbourly accompanying one another, with reconciling of differences at that time, if there be any:
    Fourthly, Mercy in releeving the poor by a liberall distribution and largesse, which at that time is, or ought to be used.
    Wherefore he exacts of all to bee present at the perambulation, and those that withdraw, and sever themselves from it, he mislikes, and reproves as uncharitable, and unneighbourly; and if they will not reforme, presents them. Nay, he is so farre from condemning such assemblies, that he rather procures them to be often, as knowing that absence breedes strangeness, but presence love.
    Reasons to Rogate - from The Country Parson, by George Herbert. And for all those reasons, I'll be doing that this week, around here.