What is Rogation Sunday or Rogation-Tide?

The word "Rogation" comes from the Latin verb rogare, meaning "to ask," and was applied to this time of the liturgical year because our Gospel reading for today, in part, which reads: If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ASK for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. [John 15:7]. The Sunday itself was often called Rogation Sunday as a result, and marked the start of a three-week period (ending on Trinity Sunday), when Roman Catholic and Anglican clergy did not solemnize marriages (as is the custom during the season of Lent). The faithful typically observed the Rogation days of Monday to Wednesday by fasting in preparation to celebrate the Ascension (on the Thursday i.e. forty days after Easter), and farmers and fishermen often had their crops and fishes blessed by a priest at this time.

During Rogationtide, special prayers are offered for farming, fishing, the industries, tourism, banking and the other occupations of our people [or other industries pertinent to area where you worship].  Where possible and appropriate, a procession may be led to the sea and farms for blessings.

Prayers should also be offered for protection against hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, tornadoes and/or any other natural disasters. It is our prayer that the thriving industries in Eleuthera begin to flourish again and provide much needed employment to the hardworking people of Eleuthera.  We also ask God to protect us from the natural disasters especially since we are approaching the hurricane season June 1st to November 30th.

 

Posted on May 25, 2014 .