Rogation Days at Holy Cross: May 28, 6:15 p.m.
Rogations days are traditional days of intercession and prayer preceding the Feast of the Ascension (the 40th day of Easter). The word comes from the latin Rogare “to ask.” In England, the Rogation Days were marked by processions around the Parish Boundary line. This served not only a religious purpose, but a practical one as well. The whole community would walk the boundaries of the Parish, thus teaching the young children their town’s boundary line. It also served as a time to make sure that no one from a neighboring town or parish had moved the boundary markers (such as rocks, or cutting trees) in order to gain more territory for their own community.
Today, Rogation Days are usually marked with a procession during which the Great Litany from the Prayerbook (BCP, page 148) or the Litany of Saints is prayed seeking God’s protection from natural disasters. The customs of blessing markers for gardens such as crosses or statues, seeds and gardening tools are also recent additions to Rogation Customs.
This year the Rogation Days are May 26th, May 27th, and May 28th. Anyone wishing to have items for their garden blessed: Seeds, tools, crosses, or statues, may bring them to church on Wednesday, May 28th. Following Evening Prayer at 6:15 p.m. and immediately before Rogation Day Mass at 7:00 p.m., we will offer the Great Litany in procession around the Church and then bless the Memorial Gardens in the front of the church as well as the seeds, statues, crosses and tools that anyone wishes to have blessed for the coming planting season. If you had a cross blessed last year please bring it back to use again this year.