Lammas Day at Southwark Cathedral

Join us for Lammas Day on Wednesday 1 August

Each year, the Cathedral joins our friends and neighbours at Bread Ahead to mark Lammas Day.

Lammas Day is an ancient feast of thanksgiving for the first fruits of the wheat harvest, dating from Anglo-Saxon times.

The arrival of the Bread Ahead Bakery opposite our gates has given us the opportunity to make this celebration part of our worship and keeping of the Christian year.  It provides us with time to pause and reflect on our connection with the agricultural world and the source of our food.

We recognise bread as a central element in our worship – a staple of both altar and table.  As we gather as a Eucharistic community and share the Lammas loaf, we give thanks to God, the giver of all good things.

12:15 – We gather at Bread Ahead for the blessing of the first grain, Bakery and School

12:30 – We process from Bread Ahead Bakery to the Cathedral

12:45 – Eucharist using the Lammas loaf baked by Bread Ahead

1:45-2:15 – Bread-making workshop in the Cathedral Education Centre, led by Bread Ahead.

In this workshop for adults, Bread Ahead’s expert bakers will teach the group how to make a perfect sourdough starter based on their own signature dough, named Bruce (after the Cathedral’s previous sub-dean and Canon Pastor, Bruce Saunders).

You’ll get to take your starter home and, in a few days, will be ready to bake your own bread.