Rogation Days (EF)

There used to be days every year on which Catholics offered prayers and supplications that they be protected from natural disasters and that the harvest be successful. These were known as Rogation Days from the Latin word rogare - to ask or request. Traditionally on these days, prior to Mass, there would be a great procession starting in the Church with the chanting of the antiphon Exsurge below. Everyone kneels for the beginning of the Litany of Saints. Then, following the invocations of the Divine Persons, with the first invocation of Our Lady, all stand and the procession leaves the Church. After the Litany, the cantors and faithful chanted Psalm 69. Afterwards, the priest would lead the faithful in a series of requests. Then, with the Procession having ended, the priest would ascend the altar and the Mass of Rogation would begin. There were four Rogation Days - the Major Rogation on April 25 and the three Minor Rogations on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before the Ascension (or on some other days determined by the bishop).


Procession Antiphon:

Exsurge, Domine, adjuva nos et libera nos propter nomen suum.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Ps. 43:26

Ant. Arise, O Lord, help us and deliver us for Thy Name's sake.

V. We have heard, O God, with our ears; our fathers have told us.

V. Glory be...


Litany of the Saints

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
St. Michael, ...
St. Gabriel, ...
St. Raphael, ...
All ye holy Angels and Archangels, ...
All ye holy orders of blessed Spirits, ...
St. John the Baptist, ...
St. Joseph, ...
All ye holy Patriarchs and Prophets, ...
St. Peter, ...
St. Paul, ...
St. Andrew, ...
St. James, ...
St. John, ...
St. Thomas, ...
St. James, ...
St. Philip, ...
St. Bartholomew, ...
St. Matthew, ...
St. Simon, ...
St. Thaddeus, ...
St. Matthias, ...
St. Barnabas, ...
St. Luke, ...
St. Mark, ...
All ye holy Apostles and Evangelists, ...
All ye holy Disciples of our Lord, ...
All ye holy Innocents, ...
St. Stephen, ...
St. Lawrence, ...
St. Vincent, ...
St. Fabian and St. Sebastian, ...
St. John and St. Paul, ...
St. Cosmas and St. Damian, ...
St. Gervase and St. Protase, ...
All ye holy Martyrs, ...
St. Sylvester, ...
St. Gregory, ...
St. Ambrose, ...
St. Augustine, ...
St. Jerome, ...
St. Martin, ...
St. Nicholas, ...
All ye holy Bishops and Confessors, ...
All ye holy Doctors, ...
St. Anthony, ...
St. Benedict, ...
St. Bernard, ...
St. Dominic, ...
St. Francis, ...
All ye holy Priests and Levites, ...
All ye holy Monks and Hermits, ...
St. Mary Magdalene, ...
St. Agatha, ...
St. Lucy, ...
St. Agnes, ...
St. Cecilia, ...
St. Catherine, ...
St. Anastasia, ...
All ye holy Virgins and Widows, ...
 

All ye holy Saints of God, intercede for us.
Be merciful, spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord.
From all evil, deliver us, O Lord.
From all sin, deliver us, O Lord.
From Thy wrath, ...
From sudden and unprovided death, ...
From the snares of the devil, ...
From anger, hatred, and all ill will, ...
From the spirit of uncleanness, ...
From lightning and tempest, ...
From the scourge of earthquake, ...
From plague, famine, and war, ...
From everlasting death, ...
Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, ...
Through Thine Advent, ...
Through Thy Nativity, ...
Through Thy Baptism and holy Fasting, ...
Through Thy Cross and Passion, ...
Through Thy Death and Burial, ...
Through Thy holy Resurrection, ...
Through Thy wonderful Ascension, ...
Through the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, ...
In the day of judgment, ...
We sinners, beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst spare us, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst pardon us, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance, ...
That Thou wouldst govern and preserve Thy Holy Church, ...
That Thou wouldst preserve our Pope, and all orders of the Church, in holy religion, ...
That Thou wouldst humble the enemies of holy Church, ...
That Thou wouldst give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes, ...
That Thou wouldst grant peace and unity to all Christian peoples, ...
That Thou wouldst recall all who have wandered from the unity of the Church, and lead all unbelievers to the light of the Gospel, ...
That Thou wouldst confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service, ...
That Thou wouldst lift up our minds to heavenly desires, ...
That Thou wouldst render eternal blessings to all our benefactors, ...
That Thou wouldst deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, relations, and benefactors, from eternal damnation, ...
That Thou wouldst give and preserve from harm the fruits of the earth, ...
That Thou wouldst grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed, ...
That Thou wouldst graciously hear us, Son of God, ...
Lamb of God, who takes awake the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


Psalm 69:

O God, come to my assistance; * O Lord, make haste to help me.
Let them be confounded and ashamed * that seek my soul.
Let them be turned backward and blush for shame * that desire evils to me.
Let them be turned away blushing for shame * that say to me: 'Tis well, 'tis well.
Let all that seek Thee rejoiced and be glad in Thee. * And let such as love Thy salvation say always: The Lord be magnified.
But I am needy and poor: * O God, help me.
Thou art my helper and my deliverer: * O Lord, make no delay.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, * as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


Introit:

Exaudivit de templo sancto suo vocem meam, alleluia: et clamor meus in conspectu ejus, introivit in aures ejus, alleluia, alleluia.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Ps. 17:7

Ant.  He heard my voice from His holy temple, alleluia: and my cry before Him came into His ears, alleluia, alleluia.

V. I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength: the Lord is my firmament, my refugre, and my deliverer.

V. Glory be...


Offertory:

Confitebor Domino nimis in ore meo: et in medio multorum laudabo eum, quia astitit a dextris pauperis: ut salvam faceret a persequentibus animam meam, alleluia.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Ps. 108:30,31

Ant. I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth, and in the midst of many I will praise Him, because He stands at the right hand of the poor: to save my soul from them that persecute me, alleluia.


Communion:

Petite, at accipietis: quaerite, et invenietis: pulsate, et aperietur vobis: omnis enim qui petit, accipit: et qui quaerit, invenit: et pulsanti aperietur, alleluia.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Lk. 11:9,10

Ant. Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asks, receives, and He who seeks, finds, and to him that knocks, it shall be opened, alleluia.