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Rose Petal Sunday

Posted on by royvickery |

Since, it is thought, the 1980s, St Thomas’s Church in Salisbury, Wiltshire, a Sunday near 7 July, the anniversary of the translation of St Thomas Becket’s remains to Canterbury Cathedral in 1220, has been celebrated as Rose Petal Sunday.

On Sunday 10 July 2022, following 10.15 a.m. Parish Communion the church choir processed to the churchyard followed by the congregation, who remained on the pavement in front of the church.  A hymn was sung, and a trumpet sounded from the church tower, then the church’s curate emptied sacks of rose petals from the tower, the idea being that they would float off around the city and bring blessings to wherever they landed.  In fact most of them fell into the churchyard.


Finally the curate pronounced a blessing on the city.

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