Plough Sunday

January 3, 2014

Before we look at Plough Sunday, we must look at what a plough does.  Following harvest a plough is used to bury the rubbish and weeds left in the field before it can be planted again..  That is a very good analogy for us, as we think about burying the rubbish and weeds in our lives – all of which prevent us from coming to full fruit as Christians. Plough Sunday is a traditional English celebration of the beginning of the agricultural year that has seen some revival over recent years.  It has its roots in early Victorian church history. Plough Sunday celebrations usually involve bringing an old fashioned horse-drawn plough into a church with prayers for the blessing of the land.  It is traditionally held on the Sunday after Epiphany, the Sunday between 7th January and 13th January.   Accordingly, work in the fields did not begin until the day after Plough Sunday: Plough Monday.  Although the nature of farming has changed over the centuries, Plough Sunday is seen as a way of generally celebrating farming and the work of farmers.  As well as a plough, in rural areas, it is common for local farmers to attend the service with their tractors - both old and new. Revd Richard Kirlew Bishop’s Officer for Rural Life