Break out your bread pans and start grinding your wheat! August 1st marks the feast of bread on the Christian calendar. This traditional festival day, also known as Lammas Day, or the feast of St. Peter in Chains, was established to commemorate the Apostle Peter’s miraculous deliverance from prison. The reason it is commonly known as the bread-feast is because early Christians all over Christendom made offerings of the first-fruits of harvest on this day. Lammas has evolved into a day of thanksgiving for the wheat harvest.
In her article last year, in The Telegraph, Bee Wilson explained to London readers that “Unlike harvest festivals, which are a form of gloating over a successful haul of food, Lammas was more of a desperate prayer: please God, let us harvest enough to keep us in bread for another year.”
We live in a time of global economic and political turmoil and distress. To all who are facing personal trials and family struggles, those who endure conflicts fought in the lonely trenches of the heart, those trying to break through the dense fog of despair that sometimes gloomily hovers over the soul with no promise of radiant relief there is hope. It is to each one of us with our unique and difficult trials that the Bread of Life–the Lord of all—promised, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 King James Version).
Just as the Lord’s Prayer states “give us this day our daily bread,” and not “give us this day far more than we need,” may we each plead for our daily nourishment: for the strength to endure one more day with His help; and may we also look outward at ways we can be His hands to give to others who may not have their daily bread this Lammas Day.