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)
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. (http://fullhomelydivinity.org/articles/rogation%20and%20ascension.htm)
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+