The work officially began on the following Monday, but the teams would usually take the plough around the village, seeking contributions for a night at a local tavern. Tuesday was then spent in recovering from the resulting hangovers so the work wouldn’t actually begin until the Wednesday!
However times have changed. No longer do we, in England at least, still use village ploughs. Winter-sown cereals mean that few farmers, if any, start their ploughing in January but do it in the autumn instead.
In Blessing the Plough we remember that God is with us not just in our worship on Sunday but in all we do, including our work during the week as well, and it gives us the opportunity to pray for the farms and farmers of our parish our county, our nation and the world.