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Vicar gives high-tech blessing to mobile phones, laptops and BlackBerries



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 1:45 PM on 12th January 2010



A vicar has blessed the mobile phones and laptops of city workers in a church ceremony.


The Rev Canon David Parrott blessed a pile of laptops and smart phones on the altar of London's 17th-century St Lawrence Jewry church.


The ritual was an effort to remind the capital's busy office workers that God's grace can reach them in many ways, he said.


article-1242566-07D24ACA000005DC-28_634x377.jpg Blessed be: The congregation hold up their mobile phones, iPods and Blackberries as Canon David Parrot conducts a service at the City of London Corporation's church, St Lawrence Jewry, on Monday

'It's the technology that is our daily working tool, and it's a technology we should bless,' Rev Parrott said.


The short blessing capped Monday services at the Christopher Wren-designed building - the official church of the Corporation of the City of London, which runs the capital's financial district.


Parishioners took out mobile phones as Rev Parrott recited a blessing over them and their electronic devices. A few held their phones up in the air as he ran through the prayer.


article-1242566-07D24B8F000005DC-405_634x363.jpg Holy: Rev Parrot held the service to remind the capital's busy office workers that God's grace can reach them in many ways

Rev Parrott said the blessing ceremony was an update of a traditional back-to-work ceremony called 'Plough Monday', in which villagers gathered to bless a symbolic farming implement dragged to the church's door.


He said that ceremony didn't have much relevance for his church, which was 'nowhere near a field, in the middle of London'.


article-1242566-07D2A1CD000005DC-1_634x412.jpg Gadgets: Rev Parrot claims that as technology is our daily working tool, it ought to be blessed

Rev Parrott took up his post at St Lawrence Jewry (so-called because it stands in what was once the capital's Jewish neighbourhood) about seven months ago and said the updated ceremony was 'a fresh idea for a fresh post'.


He said he hoped the ceremony had made worship 'lively and relevant to the people who work nearby, in the financial district.'


Parrot said parishioners were welcome to leave their phones on during the service - so long as they kept them on silent.

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