Rogation days
Rogation Ro*ga"tion, n. [L. rogatio, fr. rogare, rogatum, to ask, beg, supplicate: cf. F. rogation. Cf. {Abrogate}, {Arrogant}, {Probogue}.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) The demand, by the consuls or tribunes, of a law to be passed by the people; a proposed law or decree. [1913 Webster]

2. (Eccl.) Litany; supplication. [1913 Webster]

He perfecteth the rogations or litanies before in use. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

{Rogation days} (Eccl.), the three days which immediately precede Ascension {Day}; -- so called as being days on which the people, walking in procession, sang litanies of special supplication.

{Rogation flower} (Bot.), a European species of milkwort ({Polygala vulgaris}); -- so called from its former use for garlands in Rogation week. --Dr. Prior.

{Rogation week}, the second week before Whitsunday, in which the Rogation days occur. [1913 Webster]


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  • Rogation days — are, in the calendar of the Western Church, four days traditionally set apart for solemn processions to invoke God s mercy. They are April 25, the Major Rogation, coinciding with St. Mark s Day (but having no connection with it); and the three… …   Wikipedia

  • Rogation Days — • Days of prayer, and formerly also of fasting, instituted by the Church to appease God s anger at man s transgressions, to ask protection in calamities, and to obtain a good and bountiful harvest Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006.… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Rogation Days — n. the three days before Ascension Day, formerly a time widely observed as a period of solemn ceremonial petitioning * * * n [pl] the three days before Ascension Day in the Christian church, during which people traditionally pray for a good… …   Universalium

  • Rogation Days — n. the three days before Ascension Day, formerly a time widely observed as a period of solemn ceremonial petitioning …   English World dictionary

  • Rogation Days —    The Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Ascension Day. They are days of abstinence preparatory to the great Feast of the Ascension. They are so called from the Latin word rogare, meaning to ask, and coming as they do in the early part of the… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • rogation days — noun plural Usage: usually capitalized R&D Etymology: Middle English rogacioun dayes : the three days before Ascension Day observed by some Christians as days of special supplication * * * Rogation Days [Rogation Days] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rogation Days —    These are the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before *Ascension Day, on which, before the Reformation, priests led processions round the fields, blessing crops and praying for good harvests. A secondary purpose was to bless the main boundary… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Rogation Days —    Prescribed days of prayer dedicated to intercession for the harvest …   Who’s Who in Christianity

  • Rogation Days — plural noun (in the Western Christian Church) the three days before Ascension Day, traditionally marked by fasting and prayer …   English new terms dictionary

  • ROGATION DAYS —    the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday preceding Ascension Day, on which special litanies are sung or recited by the Roman Catholic clergy and people in public procession; has its origin in an old custom dating from the 6th century. In England the …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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