Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rogation Days

The word "rogation" come from the Latin rogare, which means "to ask," and the Rogation Days are days set apart to bless the fields, and ask for God's mercy on all of creation (often done as a procession around the "parish"). The standard practice in the Episcopal Church on the Rogation Days is to pray for fruitful seasons on Monday, commerce and industry on Tuesday, and stewardship of creation on Wednesday.

Insert into the Prayers of the People (after nation before suffering):
Bring newness and change to all of creation, O God, that new life may spring up from the old and that we may be your faithful stewards of your good gifts. Awake, O Creation, rise from death,
And Christ will give you life!

Collects  – BCP p. 259 & 260
19. For Rogation Days

I. For fruitful seasons
Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray that your gracious providence may give and preserve to our use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper all who labor to gather them, that we, who are constantly receiving good things from your hand, may always give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

II. For Commerce and Industry

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with your people where they work; make those who carry on the industries and commerce of this land responsive to your will; and give to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

III. For stewardship of creation

O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing (adapted from C of E):
May God who is the source of all goodness and growth,
pour his blessing upon all things created,
and upon you his children,
that you may use all good gifts to his glory and the welfare of all peoples;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

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