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Thursday, May 16th, 2013
The Rogation Days (Minor Litanies) on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the Traditional Feast of the Ascension were well-attended this year! On Rogation Wednesday, we had to keep the Procession inside church due to the heavy rain! Thanks be to God.
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Rogation Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are next week, and the Rogation Processions will take place around the church before Mass (with the Litany of the Saints).
April 25th (the Feast of St. Mark), and the three days (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) before the traditional celebration of Ascension Thursday, observed to appease God’s wrath, ask protection, and invoke a blessing on the harvest. They were known in England as Gang Days and Cross Week. The Litany of the Saints is chanted in the procession, and the Rogation Mass follows. The older procession of April 25th, called therefore the Major Litany, Christianized a pagan procession in honor of the god Robigus. The institution of the others, adopted in Rome under Pope Leo III as the Minor Litanies, is ascribed to Saint Mamertus of Vienne who, c. 475, ordered processions with special prayers because of calamities which were afflicting the country. Rogation days were dropped from the Church‘s calendar in the reform of 1970, but since 1988 have been revived, especially in farming communities.