Monday, January 9, 2012

Plough Service at Saunton Church

I went to the Plough Service yesterday at the beautiful little church at Saunton (left). The service was to celebrate Plough Sunday which is a traditional English celebration of the beginning of the agricultural year and attended in particular by the local farmers. You'll see the plough at the front of the church and as well as that and hymns such as 'We Plough the Fields and Scatter' and 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' one of the farmers also asked Vicar Anne to bless the seed which she duly did. The service is traditionally held on the Sunday after Epiphany which is therefore the Sunday between 7 January and 13 January. The tradition was that work in the fields did not begin until the day after Plough Sunday: Plough Monday.

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