rogation

[ roh-gey-shuh n ]
/ roʊˈgeɪ ʃən /

noun

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

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Origin of rogation

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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British Dictionary definitions for rogation days (1 of 2)

Rogation Days

pl n

April 25 (the Major Rogation) and the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Ascension Day, observed by Christians as days of solemn supplication for the harvest and marked by processions, special prayers, and blessing of the crops

British Dictionary definitions for rogation days (2 of 2)

rogation
/ (rəʊˈɡeɪʃən) /

noun

(usually plural) Christianity a solemn supplication, esp in a form of ceremony prescribed by the Church

Word Origin for rogation

C14: from Latin rogātiō, from rogāre to ask, make supplication
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