Welcome to St. Gabriel’s Parish.

On this, the penultimate Sunday in Easter, many churches still celebrate Rogation Sunday. Rogation Sunday is the day when the church has traditionally offered a prayer for God’s blessings on the fruits of the earth and the labors 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. Few of us today directly derive our livelihood from the production of food, yet it is good to be reminded of our dependence upon those who do and our responsibility for the environment. For those churches near lakes and seashores, the clergy normally blesses fishing boats and other seafaring vessels. Today we are grateful to the Boy Scouts of St. Gabriel’s who are donating a tree to the parish. It will find permanence on our premises when planted.

This prayer for Rogation Day is found on page 258 in The Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray that your gracious providence may give and preserve to our use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper all who labor to gather them, that we, who are constantly receiving good things from your hand, may always give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen


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