Rogation Sunday

Grounds in Spring at St. Barnabas - ready for rogation processions

Grounds in Spring at St. Barnabas – ready for rogation processions

In Latin ‘rogare’ means to ask. In the ancient Christian church certain days were set aside for prayer and fasting. Special concern was placed upon intercession for good harvests in the early summer weeks. Rogation days occur before Ascension Day.  (Oxford dictionary of the Christian Church)

rogation procession bedford 1952

Rogation procession in Bedford, 1952

In the not so distant past, rogation processions were led throughout the parish and were commonly described as “beating the bounds”. This title described walking the entire boundaries of the parish, equivalent to the village or town. Willow sticks were used to actually whip the parish boundaries. (

In current practice we give thanks for God’s creation. We pray for God’s continued blessing and ask for direction in our stewardship over God’s creation. We pray over and bless the “Bounds” of St. Barnabas and express our gratitude for the gracious gift of our buildings, grounds, and the surrounding environment.

Join us as we give God thanks and praise! The procession begins at 10:30am. – Fr. Harley+

About Saint Barnabas Anglican Church of Seattle

Rooted in Scripture & Steeped in Anglican Tradition. A church that worships from the King James Version of the Bible and the 1928 American Book of Common Prayer. A diverse congregation committed to Jesus Christ.
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