From The Telegraph-
Asparagus is so venerated in Worcester that it has been blessed in a special ceremony in the city's cathedral.
But the thanksgiving service celebrating the local crop has been criticised by other Anglicans who have called it "absurd".
The bizarre Sunday evensong service was defended by the cathedral's Precentor, who said the vegetable was "a sign of the abundant provision and generosity of God".
Christian groups told the Daily Telegraph that the ceremony, which also involved a man in costume as an asparagus spear, was inappropriate.
Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive of pressure group Christian Concern, said: "This is an absurd pantomime-type scene that makes a mockery of Christian worship."