Rogation Days

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For both the old and new calendars, this Thursday, May 30, 2019 is the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord.  On the old school calendar, however, starting today for 3 days, we are in the Rogation Days.

Here’s a beautiful meditation for us during these Rogation days:

“It seems strange that there should be anything like mourning during Paschal Time: and yet these three days are days of penance.  A moment’s reflection, however, will show us that the institution of the Rogation days is a most appropriate one.  True, our Saviour told us, before His Passion, that ‘the children of the Bridegroom should not fast whilst the Bridegroom is with them’: but is not sadness in keeping with these the last hours of Jesus’ presence on earth?  Were not His Mother and disciples oppressed with grief at the thought of their having so soon to lose Him, whose company had been to them a foretaste of heaven?” page 30 of The Liturgical Year: Volume IX – Paschal Time Book Three by Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B.

Going short today and penitential for three days, (but don’t worry because after the 3 days, we get to party by celebrating EIGHT days during the octave of the Feast of the Ascension.) #catholicsPartyMoreThanFast

Mike Panlilio

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