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THE OCCASION

 

 

 

ON Sunday May 15, at 11am, Bristol's Lord Mayor, High Sheriff, Chief Constable, Sword Bearer, Aldermen and councillors, wearing traditional robes and regalia, took part in a Whit Sunday Rush Service held at St Mary Redcliffe.

This Pentecost service, which dates back to 1493, takes its name from the church floor being covered in rushes and herbs.

Those in the procession also carry nosegays, round posies of flowers and herbs.

Originally intended to ward off infection, they now add colour and beauty to the occasion.

 

THE OCCASION

 

 

 

ON Sunday May 15, at 11am, Bristol's Lord Mayor, High Sheriff, Chief Constable, Sword Bearer, Aldermen and councillors, wearing traditional robes and regalia, took part in a Whit Sunday Rush Service held at St Mary Redcliffe.

This Pentecost service, which dates back to 1493, takes its name from the church floor being covered in rushes and herbs.

Those in the procession also carry nosegays, round posies of flowers and herbs.

Originally intended to ward off infection, they now add colour and beauty to the occasion.

 

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Possibly Greenland
  • 16 May 2016, 01:18
I do like the little meadow flowers that have survived to grass mowing devil, Chris...and, the gal's red shoes...
Chris: Not many things survive from 1493 Ray, even the washing up in our sink came later than that..
  • Martine
  • France
  • 16 May 2016, 04:21
Quels beaux costumes, j'aime beaucoup.
Chris: I agree Martine, they are wonderful
Pentecost Sunday like I've never ever seen it, Chris. That would be something to see!
Chris: If EVER Astrid & you are here on Pentecost Sunday I will take you to this Ginnie. My picture gives no impression whatever of the costumed pageantry of the occasion
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 May 2016, 06:49
Oh, I had liked to attend this wonderful, colourful service, a feast of joy for the eyes and souls!
Chris: You would have LOVED this occasion Philine
There seems to be a lot of small talk going on here Tiff.
Chris: There was some BIG talk too Chad
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 May 2016, 07:05
This is very colourful and I think a very nice event to attend to. Love the robe the lady wears.
Chris: I will try to put another picture of the event up next week to give a fuller picture of the event Astrid. Note my reply to Ginnie..
The nosegays also helped to block out the general stink of those days. No Lynx effect in the 15th century
Chris: But now they are decorative and photogenic, which is a good thing
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 May 2016, 08:17
Was the floor covered as described? Did you get a shot of that?
Chris: I didn't use my camera inside and yes, the floor was covered
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 May 2016, 13:23
All very grand and pompous. Did you attend the service?
Chris: I did indeed, the occasion was a wonderful one
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 May 2016, 14:53
Oops, my English not up to standard. I though a rush service, is one of less than 15 minutes. All these flowers. Yes, they didn't have deodorant, back then. And they didn't have showers, no running water to fill a bath, no toothbrushes nor toothpaste. Yes, they would need nosegays - the word says it.

You were properly suited or did you wear paparazzi regalia?
Chris: I was properly suited
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 May 2016, 15:35
What an interesting history and a great picture Chris.
Chris: The is an annual event of great historical importance. I went with my chum Ann - pictured in blue - hence this image
Strangely none of these ceremonials were even mentioned in our Pentecostal service at church yesterday, they must do things differently in Bristol.
Chris: They certainly seem to at St Mary Redcliffe at least Brian
There in your position as official photographer I assume?
Chris: Afraid not Tom...
this is a great photo of a special ceremony Chris... i like the flowers and the bright coloured robes... as well as all of the smiles....petersmile
Chris: Thank you Peter, it was a happy occasion

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