In a move that illustrates the changes in the way one earns a daily living, a London-based vicar has updated the "Plough Monday" tradition by replacing farm tools with more current, communication tools like laptops and smartphones.
The Rev Canon David Parrott of St Lawrence Jewry, located in the City of London, said at the ceremony that "May our tongues be gentle, our e-mails be simple and our websites be accessible" (ed: that's could well be a prayer for web developers).
Mobile phones, which are normally being frowned upon if ever they ring in the church during a mass, were help up by parishioners during the prayer and were even placed on the altar. He added in the sermon that "It's the technology that is our daily working tool, and it's a technology we should bless".
Canon Parrott said that he overhauled the ceremony, which is already a few centuries old, to make it more relevant in the current context, especially as the church is located in the square mile, the financial heart of Great Britain.
We don't know whether any handsets rung during the ceremony and whether it was answered, nor do we know if any farmers in London (there still are quite a few) came with their farm implements in the Church yard.
It is a sweet irony (pun intended) that the Canon probably blessed an Apple handset, a Blackberry and a mobile phone from Orange, all fruits from the Earth. Good sign that the Church of England is living with its times.