1836R. GodlontonIntroductory Remarks to Narr. of Irruption 17The sacrament of the Lord’s supper..is administered once every three months in the district churches. At such seasons (called the ‘nachtmaal’) there is usually a very large congregation, many attending from the remotest part of the district.
1843H. Dennison Letters. 183I have comparatively nothing in the shop Naght Maal is Just here and here am I without good[s] without Money.
1843Cape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register 458The great season for traffic is the period for the quarterly administration of the sacrament (or nachtmaal) on which occasion large numbers of farmers..assemble, and the place assumes the appearance of a fair rather than an assemblage for the celebration of a solemn religious ordinance.
1844J. BackhouseNarr. of Visit 94Several of the family were setting out for Caledon, to attend the ‘Nacht maal’, Night Meal, or what is termed ‘The Lord’s Supper.’
1852N.J. MerrimanCape Jrnls (1957) 195I arrived just as the Boers were beginning to assemble for the quarterly Nachtmahl (communion) of their Church.
1879R.J. AtcherleyTrip to Boërland 210In obedience to an old custom, the Boers of the district had trekked hither to partake of the nachtmaal, or sacrament.
1882C. Du ValWith Show through Sn Afr.I. 115Many of these religionists — as indeed, I may say, many Boers of both species of faith — possess houses in the town which they only occupy once every three months, on the occasion of their ‘Nachtmaal’, or Communion celebration.
1899D.S.F.A. PhillipsS. Afr. Recollections 13The Boers in out of the way places usually do their shopping at ‘Nachtmaal’ (The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper), which takes place every three months.
1908M.C. BruceNew Tvl 48Coming round by the church in the square I noticed a great number of trek-waggons..the conveyances of farmers, who, coming from a great distance, brought their families to the nachtmaal which was to take place the following day, Sunday.
1911M.S. EvansBlack & White in S.E. Afr. 50I have often been struck at meetings of large numbers of Dutch families on occasions such as Nachtmaals..with the apparently pleasant..relations between..family and..servants.
1937C.R. PranceTante Rebella’s Saga 64Four times a year, for the inside of a week, the Nagmaal camp was a thronged and talkative clearing-house for all the news and gossip and scandal of an area the size of Wales.
1942S. CloeteHill of Doves 20The day had come at last, as all days did, nagmaals, festivals, Christmas, and birthdays that one thought would never come.
1944J. MockfordHere Are S. Africans 98Both before and after actual nagmaal, the night-meal, the supper, the Lord’s Supper, there was much visiting in the outspan, relatives and friends rejoicing in this rare occasion of reunion.
1948Cape Argus 5 June (Mag. Sect.) 2At nagtmaal the farmers drove in from miles around and opened up their little dorp dwellings.
1958A. JacksonTrader on Veld 34Far or near, farmers visited the nearest church for Nagmaal (communion) at least once a quarter. Every village would be crowded with ox wagons and other vehicles; the wealthier farmers possessing small houses which they only occupied for that occasion.
1968K. McMaghDinner of Herbs 53In those days of difficult communications and great distances the Boers strove to attend nachtmaal, the quarterly celebration of Holy Communion, at least once a year.
1981Daily Dispatch 21 Feb. 2A special collection was taken up at the quarterly Nagmaal service in the Dutch Reformed Church when R3600 was received and donated to the Laingsburg Disaster Fund.
1994F. Chisholm inCape Times 9 Feb. 8Imagine the impact of a semi-naked Madonna zooming up for nagmaal in Ventersdorp on the back of a noisy Harley Davidson.
2.A small wagon similar to a stage-coach, drawn by horses. Also attributive.
1910J. BuchanPrester John 47The owners and their families were travelling with them in wagons. Accordingly I had a light naachtmaal fitted up as a sort of travelling store, and with my two wagons full of building material joined the caravan.
1985S. Afr. Panorama Oct. 42This nagmaal (holy communion) horse carriage, adorns one of the world’s few horse museums, in Richmond.
nagmaal chair, a plain chair, sometimes with a half-moon back;
1952C.L. Leipoldt300 Yrs of Cape Wine 140His wine was in great demand as a ‘Nagmaal’ or Communion wine...Oom Abram Mouton..of the historic farm Brakfontein..made a ‘Nagmaal’ wine almost, but not quite, equal to the Worcester wine.
1967W.A. De KlerkWhite Wines 19There was the famous Nagmaal wine of Abraham Mouton of Brakfontein, near Clanwilliam, or the even more famous Nagmaal wine of Koos Hugo of Worcester.
1978Sunday Times 5 Nov. 11It was hardly a noble vintage. Sweet and red, almost straight off the vine...Nella..said it tasted just like nagmaal wine.
1987Fair Lady 18 Mar. 112He had run out of Nagmaal wine during the service, and left his congregation..singing hymns of thanksgiving for the past 20 minutes.
1991G. Etherington inE. Prov. Herald 16 Nov. (Leisure) 4Throughout, the organist is fortified with nagmaal wine.
the sacrament of Holy Communion; the communion service; the occasion, usually four times a year, during which this service is held. Also attributive.
A small wagon similar to a stage-coach, drawn by horses. Also attributive.
Hence (nonce) nagmaalizeintransitive verb [English verb-forming suffix -ize], to participate in nagmaal; nagmaalistnoun [English suffix -ist, designating a follower or adherent of (a movement, philosophy, etc.)], one who goes to nagmaal.
1920R.Y. StormbergMrs Pieter de Bruyn 12I suspect that your benedict brother is not an habitual nachtmaalist — but that’s by the way...You wouldn’t think from the tone of this that I am nachtmaalising, would you?
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