God's acre


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God's acre

a churchyard. archaic
This phrase comes from the German word Gottesacker meaning ‘God's seed field’ in which the bodies of the dead are ‘sown’.
See also: acre

God's acre

A churchyard burial area. The phrase is a translation of the German word, Gottesacker, “God's field” where the souls of the faithful are sown. The phrase also been used for the dedication of a portion of a farm field or a garden plot to growing food that will be given to the needy. The phrase should not be confused with Erskine Caldwell's 1933 novel, God's Little Acre.
See also: acre
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The Diocese of Hereford has a scheme called Caring for God's Acre, which has been very successful and illustrates that it is possible to both protect and enhance the wildlife without taking anything away from the primary function.
Mae nifer o fanteision i'r bladur, fel yr eglurodd Andrea Gilpin o'r elusen gadwraethol Caring For God's Acre.
Adjoining conservation lands to the property include Logan Field, land that is under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commission known as Patches Conservation Area, the Greater Worcester Land Trust's Tetasset Ridge property, and the city's God's Acre conservation area.
When St Mary Magdalene Church in Leintwardine, Herefordshire, became the first project of wildlife charity, Caring For God's Acre, it was the community as much as the graveyard that got a shake-up.
She works Caring for God's Acre (CfGA), a charity which advises churchyard conservation projects, including the Sacred Space initiative in Wrexham.
The $40,000 was sought for a 17-acre parcel that will link the Tetasset Ridge Trail to open space along Tatnuck Brook, including the God's Acre and Patches Conservation Areas.
There is also the site of the mass grave on a place called God's Acre on the corner of Walsall Street and Lichfield Street on the edge of the town centre.