Sunday, April 27, 2008

Rogation Days - in some places, a real reason to pray

When I lived in Southern California, Rogation Days were among the quaint, anachronistic things on the Church Calendar.

But here in South Dakota, prayers for agriculture are very real and relevant. We are in the time of the year that can be most stressful for farmers. Is the ground thawed out enough to plant? Is there enough Spring rain? Is there too much rain?

Please pray for farmers. And please pray for people all around the world, suffering from this year's restricted bumper crops (especially corn and rice.)

For Fruitful Seasons.
To be used on Rogation Sunday and the Rogation Days.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast blessed the earth that it should be fruitful and bring forth whatsoever is needful for the life of man, and hast commanded us to work with quietness, and eat our own bread; Bless the labours of the husbandman, and grant such seasonable weather that we may gather in the fruits of the earth, and ever rejoice in thy goodness, to the praise of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this.

O GRACIOUS Father, who openest thine hand and fillest all things living with plenteousness; We beseech thee of thine infinite goodness to hear us, who now make our prayers and supplications unto thee. Remember not our sins, but thy promises of mercy. Vouchsafe to bless the lands and multiply the harvests of the world. Let thy breath go forth that it may renew the face of the earth. Show thy loving-kindness, that our land may give her increase; and so fill us with good things that the poor and needy may give thanks unto thy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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