Anglican Church Blesses Smartphones

2010.01.11vicWell this is something I’d never think I’d see. While most congregations frown upon heavy uses of technology, especially during mass, England’s St. Lawrence Jewry, which is a church that dates back to the 17th century, is now embracing and actually blessing new and refurbished cell phones.

Rev. Canon David Parrott recently placed a blessing upon a pile of computers and smart phones because he feels that they are “our daily working tool, and it’s a technology we should bless.” He even encourages the use of mobile phones during mass as long as they are set on vibrate mode.

Parrott has chosen “Plow Monday,” a traditional ceremony that once involved the seasonal blessing of farm equipment, as the day to celebrate technology. Plow Monday is said to date back to Medieval Times when, on the Monday after Twelfth Night, farmers would bring their plows to church to be blessed. Apparently, on this Plow Monday, Parrot said, “May our tongues be gentle, our e-mails be simple and our websites be accessible.”

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