It was customary to use the Great Litany, found on page 91 in the 2019 Book of Common Prayer, and to have the parish priest come and ‘beat the bounds’ of one’s property. As the Litany was prayed, holy water was cast around one’s property. It was a visible reminder that despite what we think we can control there is much we do not. We lean into God’s grace and mercy to sustain us, asking for favorable weather, healthy birth of animals, development of crops, and so much more that lies outside of our control. Likewise, the practice served a wonderful reminder that God is continuing to redeem all of creation. Doing so in the days leading up to the Ascension served to remind the Faithful that while Jesus had returned into Heaven, His work continues.
Sadly, in metropolitan areas Rogation Days have often lost their place. However, it needn’t be so. The delightful practice of asking God to bless our labors is one from which we can all benefit, despite our vocations or locations. Over the years, I have been invited to bless many businesses, sports teams, and small shops. I would welcome the opportunity to bless your classroom, work space, or business as well. In these trying days, perhaps we can do so via Zoom to pray with you as you are in that space, or I am willing to mask up and walk the ‘bounds of your office’ if you so desire it.
Again, Rogations Days serve as a wonderful reminder that while Jesus is at His rightful place in Glory, His work continues on until its completion upon His return. It does so as we abide in Him and invite Him into our common life, which He sustains and redeems. As we enter these days, may our hearts be more fully open to inviting Him into every aspect as we ask for His perfect will in each area therein. I remain available to you, as do the clergy, if we can bless your work space in the days ahead. Please email or call the church office if you desire to arrange a time.