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St. Mark's celebrates Rogation Days

June 07, 2009

BOONSBORO - Since the fifth century, Christians have observed the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the day of Jesus' ascension as Rogation Days.

Rogation comes from the Latin word "rogare," meaning "to ask," when the church asked God's protection and blessing on the crops that were beginning to sprout.

Rogation processions would walk the boundary lines of a parish church and mark them with crosses - a practice known as "beating the bounds."

St. Mark's Episcopal Church celebrated Rogation in mid-May. Members brought offerings of garden tools and seedlings to swap or give away.

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A Rogation procession began with a blessing of the offerings and continued with a procession to the door of the historic church where the Rev. Anjel Scarborough, assistant rector, offered a blessing for the surrounding farms and fields.

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