You’ve probably attended a baptism, baby dedication, wedding, or ordination, but have you ever been a to blessing of the fields? Historically, Christians found lots of creative ways to bring the Gospel out from church buildings and into the world. Older Christian traditions, in particular, have lots of resources and liturgies for blessing the tools and times of ordinary life.
It was important to us that our farm business begin with a clear expression that we are rooted in faith, and hope to bear fruit for Christ and His Church, so we invited the Fr. Shawn McCain (the rector of our church) as well as a bevy of friends from the city, to come out to the farm and ask God’s blessing on the soil, seeds, workers, and tools.
We were so blessed by everyone who drove out from Austin on a very rainy November Sunday. We shared snacks, introduced friends to one another, and then proceeded into the fields with crosses, incense, and holy water. We prayed over all the parts of the farm, and Fr. Shawn offered prayer and anointing for healing to anyone present. We planted crosses in the ground around the newly-planted rows, and sang as we walked through the misty afternoon.
It was a beautiful afternoon, and (we pray) a glimpse of all that is to come at the farm: good food, sweet fellowship among people from diverse backgrounds, prayer, and song. If you’re interested in seeing or using the liturgy we used, you can download it here. (Many of the prayers were adapted from these resources for celebrating the agricultural year in the Anglican tradition.)
Check out the slideshow below for more photos from this wonderful day.