Church of England: prayers of thanksgiving for cows

The Telegraph reports on a new Church of England liturgy that gives thanks for cows:

The unusual liturgy was devised by the Rev Shirley Small, a curate from Shropshire, in response to a request from a dairy farmer in her congregation for a blessing for his new milking parlour.

Mrs Small, of St George’s parish, Pontesbury, held an informal service celebrating the importance of the dairy herd to the rural economy.

It included a prayer with special words of thanksgiving for “the working cows, the dry cows and for the bulls and calves”.

The wording also gave thanks for the “machines and the expertise that has gone in to producing this new equipment which takes some of the toil out of the labour” and left a space to name all the people working at the farm.

The service format has now been published by the Church’s national rural office for use across the country.

Full liturgy is here.

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