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Blessing the asparagus

Blessing the asparagus

Last Sunday’s evensong service dedicated to blessing the asparagus harvest in Worcester, England, has been met by mixed reviews.

The Telegraph reports,

Rev Peter Ould, a priest from Canterbury, said: “I think the service itself is a good idea – there isn’t anything wrong in praying for a good growing season.

“But someone dressed up as an asparagus and a bloke in a St George costume behind him holding a sword – that just looks a bit silly.

“That takes it from being a good church service to something which looks like it’s more to do with promoting the asparagus growers.”

On Twitter Norfolk-based vicar Rob Baker said: “I am seeing but still not quite believing. This is utterly extraordinary.”

Another priest, Northumberland-based Victor Dickinson, posted: “Total prats”.

More conservative bloggers accused the service of bringing the Church of England into disrepute.

The service was held to mark the city’s asparagus festival. The Precentor of the Cathedral explained the church’s involvement.

Dr Brierley said: “Recently, Vale of Evesham asparagus has been awarded EU protected name status, and when the festival organisers asked if a round of asparagus could be blessed in a service at the cathedral on St George’s day, the first day of the farming season, the cathedral was very happy to include a thanksgiving for the vegetable at its evening service, as a sign of the abundant provision and generosity of God.

“Offering to God the first-fruits of the harvest is deeply embedded in both biblical and English tradition, and indeed, offering the first-fruits of the wheat harvest has been recognised by the Church of England with formal liturgy since 2006.”

Read more at the Telegraph. Photo via Worcester Cathedral (@WorcCathedral) on Twitter.


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Rod Gillis

In the procession, was “St. George” banging two coconut shells together to make a horse sound I wonder? (Let the Pythonesque reader understand).


[Tom -please use both your first and last name when you comment. thanks, editor]

Perhaps the asparagus crown provided inspiration for the mitre???

Paul Woodrum

Asparagus! Asparagus!
God shine his sun on thee.
And be not loath
To Worcester’s bound-a-ries.

Asparagus! Asparagus!
God shine his sun on thee,
That green or white,
It may delight
and on our tables be.

Asparagus! Asparagus!
God shine his light on thee,
That all our daze
We sing thy praise
for our prosperity.
(Tune: “Materna” 3rd & 4th bars)

Walter Woodson

What about white asparagus? This service was clearly non inclusive

David Allen

White asparagus!

That’s abnormal, similar to veal, and has no place in creation, let alone on the dinner table! 🙂

walter woodson

My goodness! Never been to Chez Paul in Paris?! Jesus, Joseph and Mary swear their white asparagus is the best on the planet. Of course that’s a very limited sampling.

White Asparagus Matters.

Alan Christensen

All vegetables matter.


[Thanks for commenting – please provide a first and last name for future comments]
Looks a little to Monty Python to me with the guy in the asparagus suit and the Templar guy……

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