Rogation Day Prayers

"All we can do is worth nothing

Unless God blesses the deed;

Vainly we hope for the harvest-tide

Till God gives life to the seed;

Yet nearer and nearer draws the time,

The time that shall surely be

When the earth shall be filled with the glory of God

As the waters cover the sea."

To the regular family prayers,

which we say during the Easter season,

we add the following:


Praise the Lord; for He is good.


His mercy endures forever.


We beseech Thee, Almighty God,

that because of our afflictions

we may rely on Thy goodness,

and with Thy protection may be defended against all adversities.


And I say to you;

ask, and it shall be given to you;

seek, and you shall find;

knock, and it shall be opened to you.

For everyone who asks, receives;

and he who seeks, finds;

and to him who knocks, it shall be opened.


Rogation Days mean: 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, known in England as "Gang Days" and "Cross Week", and in Germany as Bittage, Bittwoche, Kreuzwoche. The Rogation Days were highly esteemed in England and King Alfred's laws considered a theft committed on these days equal to one committed on Sunday or a higher Church Holy Day. Their celebration continued even to the thirteenth year of Elizabeth, 1571, when one of the ministers of the Established Church inveighed against the Rogation processions, or Gang Days, of Cross Week. The ceremonial may be found in the Council of Clovesho (Thorpe, Ancient Laws, I, 64; Hefele, Conciliengeschichte, III, 564).

The Rogation Days are the 25th of April, called Major, and the three days before the feast of the Ascension, called Minor.

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