Plough Sunday is a traditional agricultural celebration, usually held on the Sunday after Epiphany, the Sunday between 8 January and 15 January. In days gone by, this would have been the beginning of the agricultural year, and fell just before the ploughmen returned to work. Today the churches which celebrate this festival often bring a plough into church grounds with prayers for the blessing of the land. Although the nature of farming has changed over the centuries, Plough Sunday is still a great way of generally celebrating farming and the work of farmers and praying for them.
A big thank you to the Euston Estate for providing the tractor and plough, for the Plough Sunday Service, at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, on 8th January, pictured below with Lihtwave Rural Chaplain, Graham Miles. Special thanks to Andrew for driving the tractor. Lightwave Rural and Agricultural Chaplaincy are grateful to Euston Estate Farms for their continuing support with events.
A selection of resources created for Plough Sunday in 2021, but you may still find them useful now.
The films below were made for plough Sunday at Grange Farm, Otley in January 2021. The reflection is based on the bible reading from Luke's gospel chapter 9.