Overheard: Blessing the Ploughs

Old English Plough Blessing 2018As a Yank descended from a long line of farmers and village craftspeople, I was delighted this week to learn that in England bishops still perform plough blessings (in January) as a liturgy in the agricultural year (see image). Festivities include Morris dancing and vintage tractors, of course! Could it be that North Atlantic blizzards and prairie winds put off religious folk this side of the water? Learn more.

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