â€˜Dear God, please bless my BlackBerry (and my iPhone and my Nokia â€¦)
IT’S 2010 – yet there’s still place for primitive mumbo-jumbo in the financial heart of the capital.
In London’s 17th-century St. Lawrence Jewry Church yesterday, parishioners took out the tools of their trade – mobile phones and laptop computers – to have them blessed by The Rev Canon David Parrott.
A “symbolic” pile of the things, according to this report, was laid on the altar where they were blessed.
It was an effort, said Rev Parrott:
To remind the capital’s busy office workers that God’s grace can reach them in many ways.
The good reverend added:
It’s the technology that is our daily working tool, and it’s a technology we should bless.
The short blessing capped Monday’s services at the Christopher Wren-designed building – the official church of the Corporation of the City of London, which runs the capital’s financial district.
A few of the faithful held their phones up in the air as he ran through the prayer.
He said the blessing ceremony was an update of a traditional back-to-work ceremony called “Plow Monday,” in which villagers gathered to bless a symbolic farming implement dragged to the church’s door. Parrott said that ceremony no longer had much relevance for his church, which was “nowhere near a field in the middle of London.”
Rev Parrott took up his post at St. Lawrence Jewry about seven months ago and said the updated ceremony was “a fresh idea for a fresh post”.
He said he hoped the ceremony had made worship:
Lively and relevant to the people who work nearby, in the financial district.
And, may we add, utterly ridiculous!
Hat tip: PaulEd