Traditionally, fasting and penance were required on this day, and the faithful would especially pray Litanies on this day.
Rogation Days are the four days set apart to bless the fields, and
invoke God's mercy on all of creation. The 4 days are April 25, which is
called the Major Rogation (and is only coincidentally the same day as
the Feast of St. Mark); and the three days preceding Ascension Thursday,
which are called the Minor Rogations. Traditionally, on these days, the
congregation marches the boundaries of the parish, blessing every tree
and stone, while chanting or reciting a Litany of Mercy, usually a
Litany of the Saints.
Spend the day outside on Saturday. Pray for a good harvest. Sprinkle the fields and grasses with holy water. Let us call down God's blessings on our land in an era when even the mainstream Catholic Church has all but forgotten and neglected the Rogation Days.
See here for a Rogation Day Prayer.
Fr Christopher Smith, a priest of the Diocese of Charleston, South
Carolina has put together a truly beautiful and excellent
illustrated guide explaining both the Rogations and Ember Days, with a
number of very useful quotes from various liturgical sources. It can be
downloaded from dropbox.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Posted by Matthew
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