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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Ember Days And Rogation Days. What Are They ? How Can We Observe Them Today ?

The Ancient Custom of Blessing The Fields,
Rogation Sunday, 
Hever, Kent, England.
Photo: 9 February 1967.
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Author: RayTrevena
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What are Ember Days and Rogation Days ?
How can we observe them today ?
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Rogation Days.

Rogation Days are Days of Prayer and Fasting in Western Christianity. They are observed with Processions and The Litany of The Saints. The so-called Major Rogation is held on 25 April; the Minor Rogations are held on Monday to Wednesday on the dates preceding Ascension Thursday. The word Rogation comes from the Latin verb "rogare", meaning "to ask", which reflects the beseeching of God for the appeasement of His anger and for protection from calamities.

Ember Days.

In The Liturgical Calendar of The Western Christian Churches, Ember Days are four separate sets of three days within the same week — specifically, the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday — roughly equidistant in the circuit of the year, that are set aside for Fasting and Prayer.

These Ember Days, set apart for Special Prayer and Fasting, were considered especially suitable for The Ordination of Clergy. The Ember Days are known in Latin as the "quattuor anni tempora" (the "Four Seasons of The Year"), or, formerly, as the "jejunia quattuor temporum" ("Fasts of The Four Seasons").

The Four Quarterly Periods, during which The Ember Days fall, are called The Embertides.

The Ember Weeks, the weeks in which The Ember Days occur, are these weeks:

1.      Between The Third and Fourth Sundays of Advent (although The Common Worship Lectionary of The Church of England places them in the week following The Second Sunday in Advent);

2.      Between The First and Second Sundays of Lent;

3.      Between Pentecost and Trinity Sunday;

4.      The Liturgical Third Week of September.

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