These last three days we have celebrated Rogation Days. We moved in procession around our farms and and land, stopping at each Boundary, giving thanks to our God, and petitioning Him for blessing, through Jesus Christ. We prayed for proper boundaries to be restored, spiritual and Physical.
Rogation Days celebrate boundaries, both bodily boundaries and spiritual boundaries, to make sure both are kept in good repair and order. “Rogation” comes from the Latin word that means ‘to ask.” Rogation Days, the three days before Ascension, are set aside for us to confess our utter dependence on God, to ask our Father to bless with fruitfulness our work on the land, both crops and beasts, and to mark the boundaries of the land God has given us so we learn to satisfy our hearts with the possession God has provided. Rogation Days are also a time to mend spiritual fences, when the Church admonishes all those who have persisted in malice and grudges toward one another to be reconciled in Christian charity.
As we walked in procession around our Boundaries we read Psalm 144, responsively:
1Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
2My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.
3LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!
4Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
5Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.
7Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strangers;
8Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
10It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.
11Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
12That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:
13That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:
14That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
15Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.