Get your BlackBerry or laptop blessed at Nova Scotia church
Usually a priest or minister will ask you to turn off your BlackBerry or iPhone during a service. But in Nova Scotia, Rev. Lisa Vaughan will be asking people to turn them on – and bring them to the front for an unusual blessing.
The reverend – which admits she’s in the market for “some kind of smartphone,” will be giving blessings to pieces of technology in hopes the geek in God will look over everyone’s coveted pieces of computing and connectivity.
Decades ago people used to bring their farm equipment to church on Labour Day for a special blessing. It’s only fitting that this year, they’ll bring their tech gadgets for the ritual because people depend on these things for work.
It’s debateable just how connected the church is to the online world, however. A Facebook group for St. Timothy’s says they’ll be preparing for a Christmas event this Sunday. A little early – no? And the Pastor’s blog is as full as a bartender’s tip jar at the start of the night.
Regardless - while parishioners will hope their addictive devices will be watched over by God, Vaughan wants them to see another, more spiritual side of things.
"It’s also a reminder for people that God is present, not just one hour per week on a Sunday morning or evening,” she told the Halifax Chronicle Herald. “We make decisions every day about our work and our words, and in that we’re not alone."
Let’s just hope she doesn’t use too much holy water – most gadgets aren’t water proof.
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets