The blessing of asparagus and pets and Easter baskets . . .

UPDATE:  CBC Radio’s As It Happens reports on Gus the Asparagus Man and the controversy he engendered!  There are pictures and video!

Ha ha ha!

Rod Dreher at The American Conservative has a humorous post about a controversy in England among Anglicans over one parish’s blessing of the asparagus crop.

Dreher writes:

I am strongly inclined to disagree with the traditionalists here, for reasons I’ll get to in a moment. What holds me back fully is that the image of a man dressed like a giant asparagus, participating in the church procession, does make it seem more like an asparagus growers’ promotion.

But leave that clown out, and, well, what’s the big deal? Why should we not ask God’s blessing on our crops, especially one that is so important to the local people within the cathedral’s parish? In south Louisiana fishing communities, Catholic priests bless the shrimp boats on the first day of the season. This sort of thing strikes me as very traditional, very medieval.

I recall seeing over Easter lots of pictures on Facebook of Eastern Catholics and Orthodox Easter baskets of food for the Easter feast being brought to church for blessing.

I’ve seen articles in the past about the blessing of pets;  the blessing of throats, and so on.

I like the idea of the blessing of houses and businesses.  What are your thoughts?

I, too, however, could do without “aparagus man” or mascots of any kind.

1 thought on “The blessing of asparagus and pets and Easter baskets . . .

  1. In Germany people bring the fixings for their Easter feast to the Vigil, in a basket covered with a cloth, and at the end of the mass they whip off the cloth, hold up the basket, and a blessing is pronounced. During the run up to Lent there are numerous parades where guild members march in costumes which may look like the Asparagus Guy—or a green bean, or a hop vine—every guild has its prescribed costume which goes back centuries. If we stripped away every custom of pagan origin from the celebration of Christian festivals there woukdn’t be a whole lot left.


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