Rogation Sunday is the day when the Church has traditionally offered prayer for God’s blessings on the fruits of the earth and the labours of those who produce our food. The word “rogation” is from the Latin rogare, “to ask.” Historically, the Rogation Days (the three days before Ascension Day) were a period of fasting and abstinence, beseeching God’s blessing on the crops for a bountiful harvest. In medieval England the Rogation Days were observed with processions that began in the local church and proceeded to outline the boundaries of the parish, pausing occasionally for the recitation of prayers. Priests and cross-bearers led these long walks in the countryside. Accordingly, the English sometimes called the Rogation Days the “Walking Days” from the Old Anglo-Saxon name for the observance, Gang Daegas, meaning approximately “Day of Going About.”Rogation21
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Our Churches are open for you this weekend for Private Prayer from 9-6 (Finghall 2-4) as we pay our respects and share in the Nations Morning. We have been asked to join in with the National online book of Condolence at https://www.royal.uk/
God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for the love he shared among us,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.
Merciful God, be close to all who mourn,
especially The Queen and all members of the Royal Family.
May they know the hope of your promises
and the comfort of your love,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
If you don’t intend to drive through Hornby or Crakehall this Easter, it is well worth a detour past St Mary’s Hornby and St Gregory’s Crakehall Church to see the Easter Cross at Hornby and the Easter Garden at Crakehall in the churchyards. Do stop for a quiet moment. Many thanks to Tony and Doreen; Liz, Alan, Stuart , Gilly and friends for their thoughtful work.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection.
Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration
in union with the Church throughout the world.
Christ enters his own city to complete his work
as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again.
Let us go with him in faith and love, so that,
united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.
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