Rogation Day
21st May 2017
The word "rogation" come from the Latin rogare, which means "to ask". The Rogation Days are four days set apart to bless the fields and ask for God's mercy on all of creation. April 25 (coincidentally the Feast of St. Mark) is called the Major Rogation; the three days preceding Ascension Thursday (in 2017, 25 May) are called the Minor Rogations. It became the custom to "beat the bounds" - to mark and establish the boundaries of the parish - while also blessing the trees, stones and fields.


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