Faith and religious life is extremely important in the country. When your existence depends on so many things completely out of your control (weather, cattle prices, etc.) you need to have a good relationship with the Man upstairs. While the faith tradition varies in rural areas, in Bon Homme County, South Dakota, a large portion of the population is Catholic.
One ritual that occurs at our parish in Tyndall is the spring farm blessing. People bring all sorts of agriculture things to receive a blessing from our priest, Father Joe Forcelle. The blessing is a act of faith, done to help us remember that the Lord is the one who guides us in all our pursuits.
The opportunity to receive a blessing was extended this year to include other summer pursuits, such as boats and motorcycles. Even pets could receive a blessing, and a few did. I brought the vet pickup in for a blessing.
The ceremony started with communal prayers, lead by Father Joe, for each type of item to be blessed. Then holy water was sprinkled on all the items. While it only took a fifteen minutes, it was a nice ceremony that will be great to look back on and remember as we work through the summer growing season.