The three days before Ascension Thursday are known as Rogation Days from the Latin verb rogare which means "to ask." Typically, farmers would ask to have their crops blessed by a priest at this time in spring. After the Divine Office of Terce, the monastic community made their way in procession out the back of our church toward our crop fields. We chanted the Litany of the Saints calling especially on Saint Fiacre, patron of fields and gardens. His statue was placed along with the statue of our Blessed Mother where we gathered for the blessing ritual. After our abbot sprinkled with holy water in the general direction of our prune and walnut orchards and our vineyard, the monks were dismissed to begin the morning work period.
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