Rogation comes from the Latin word, to ask.
Rogationtide happens for a few days just before Ascension Day. This year, that means on Monday, May 10 through Wednesday, May 12 we are encouraged to add special prayers for God’s blessing on the fruits of the earth and the labors of humankind, especially those that fall within our boundaries.
It’s worth considering those boundaries – individually, as faith communities. Do they stop at the parking lot or extend into the neighborhood, community, the town or city, the world?
Some congregations still gather to walk the boundaries of their church, staking a claim to do what they can, where they can, to help bring about God’s kingdom.
Jesus said we are all part of one vine, connected, interrelated. Together we seek the common good. Together we are rooted in the same earth that connects us to every living thing: every plant, every person, every molecule, and every rock. For Jesus, it is all about being in a relationship, connected, a part of the larger body, walking together in the Way.
Everything we think or do affects this world in some way. Whether through tears, laughter, or putting our will above God’s, the world is damaged or blessed by our actions. The good news of Rogationtide is that the Holy Spirit is here to teach us how to be a blessing together. As a church a season, it would be wonderful if it made a come back in our collective consciousness.
Individually, or together with others in your congregation, put your own spin on Rogationtide. Walk around the outside of your home or church, give thanks for your blessings, and ask God to let its fruit be a source of love to the world. Helpful collects can be found beginning on page 207 of the Book of Common prayer or adapt prayers from a recent Rogation celebration at Good Shepherd, Kansas City.
You can also find out more about special church observances like Rogationtide by participating in the Everything Holy project.