Snowdrop blossoms in starring role at blessing of the lambing season

There was a large congregation – and a special guest – for the blessing of the lambing season service at St Michael’s Church in Llanfihangel Rhydithon.

Snowdrop the sheep made a guest appearance at the service, which also offered prayers for the three Dolau shepherds – two brothers and a cousin – who perished in the snow while fetching their sheep down from Radnor forest in 1767. All three are buried in the churchyard.

Reverend Rachael Storer, Assistant Curate in the Ithon Valley Parish, said: “Snowdrop was brought by church bellringer Mike Reynolds. She munched her way through lamb nuts throughout the service but was impeccably behaved and didn’t leave us any presents.”

Rev Rachael spoke at the service about the families involved in lambing, the long and difficult hours spent in the lambing sheds and their commitment to ensuring their animals are safe and sheltered.

“We sang While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, and Snowdrop and the congregation were blessed with holy water in the hope of a good 2018 lambing season,” Rev Rachael said.

“After the service there was a pre-lambing roast lunch and the ladies of the church provided the puddings, cheese and coffee. A raffle, games and auction all added to the fun, with all the proceeds going into church funds.”