Join us for Plough Sunday
On Sunday 7 January 2024, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, will mark Plough Sunday with the blessing of a tractor and plough during the Choral Evensong service at 3.30 pm. The service is an opportunity to celebrate farming and agriculture in the county and will include prayers led by the Agricultural Chaplain, Graham Miles. Following this, Clergy and congregation will then make their way out to the Norman Tower where the plough will be located. The plough is provided by the Euston Estate.
The observance of Plough Sunday on the First Sunday of Epiphany goes back to Victorian times, but there is a much older observance, associated with the first working day after the twelve days of Christmas. Often, work in the fields would not start back until after Plough Sunday.
Canon Philip Banks, Precentor at the Cathedral, said, “A landmark agriculture, food and climate action declaration closed last month’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP28). It highlights the essential role that our farmers play in our food security and in the stewardship of our land at this time of climate change. The ancient custom of Plough Blessing is especially relevant here, with Suffolk’s vast agricultural lands and heritage. It is the day at the start of each year when we pray for blessing and strength for the many people whose lives are connected with God’s good earth and all it produces for our daily living.”