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09/01/2010

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.

St. Timothy’s Anglican Church in the community of Hatchet Lake just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia will be holding a special ceremony this Sunday and the reverend is looking to bless tech gadgets such as laptops, cellphones and other gizmos that people usually use for work.

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

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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