rogation

[roh-gey-shuhn]
noun
1.
Usually, rogations. Ecclesiastical. solemn supplication, especially as chanted during procession on the three days (Rogation Days) before Ascension Day.
2.
Roman History.
a.
the proposing by the consuls or tribunes of a law to be passed by the people.
b.
a law so proposed.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English rogacio(u)n < Latin rogātiōn- (stem of rogātiō), equivalent to rogāt(us) (past participle of rogāre to ask, beg) + -iōn- -ion

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rogation (rəʊˈɡeɪʃən)
 
n
(usually plural) Christianity a solemn supplication, esp in a form of ceremony prescribed by the Church
 
[C14: from Latin rogātiō, from rogāre to ask, make supplication]

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rogation
late 14c., from L. rogatio (gen. rogationis), from rogatus, pp. of rogare "to ask," apparently an image, lit. "to stretch out (the hand)," from PIE *rog-, 0-grade form of root *reg- "move in a straight line" (see regal). Rogation days were the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
before Ascension Day, a time for processions round fields blessing crops and praying for good harvest, also blessing the boundary markers of each parish. Discouraged by Protestants as superstitious, but continued or revived in modified form as beating the bounds.
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