American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical Solemn prayer or supplication, especially as chanted during the rites of a Rogation Day. Often used in the plural.
- n. The formal proposal of a law in ancient Rome by a tribune or consul to the people for acceptance or rejection.
- n. A law proposed in this manner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Rom. jurisprudence, the demand by the consuls or tribunes of a law to be passed by the people.
- n. Litany; supplication: especially as said in procession.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rom. Antiq.) The demand, by the consuls or tribunes, of a law to be passed by the people; a proposed law or decree.
- n. (Eccl.) Litany; supplication.
- n. a solemn supplication ceremony prescribed by the church
- From Latin rogātiō, from rogō ("request") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English rogacioun, from Latin rogātiō, rogātiōn-, from rogātus, past participle of rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Laws, or rather, Rogations, for a law before it was finally passed was known as a rogation, and these were long discussed before they were agreed to.”
“Speaking of the Fraternity, they also have put up some images of their rogation day observances; here is a sample:”
“Initially, however, the king did not wait for a rogation day to collect the necessary revenues for the young prince's household.”
“At that time young lawyers did not, as they do now, keep the fasts of the Church, the four rogation seasons, and the vigils of festivals; so Granville was not at first aware of the regular recurrence of these Lenten meals, which his wife took care should be made dainty by the addition of teal, moor-hen, and fish-pies, that their amphibious meat or high seasoning might cheat his palate.”
“He still insists that metaphysics is, above all else, a form of “questioning and interro - gation,” but by now his own survey forces him to go on to say that “the particular form given to the inter - rogation is, in the last resort, unimportant.””
“All three, and particu - larly Bruno, extend Ficino's anthropocentrism into cosmic dimensions, as they unfold a universe to be explored and understood through the unfettered inter - rogation of nature rather than by a perusal of tradi - tional authors — an ideal consecrated by Bruno's martyrdom.”
“Gaul about the year 452, S. Mamertus bishop of Vienne appointed solemn litanies to be recited on the three _rogation_ days.”
“Special times are appointed for them: the hours for the various parts of the daily Office, days of rogation or of vigil, seasons of Advent and”
“This general chapter assembled once a year, at Sempringham, on the rogation days, and was attended by the prior, cellarer, and prioress of each house.”
“St. Lupicinus, St. Simplicius (about 400), St. Paschasius, St. Nectarius, St. Nicetas (about 449), St. Mamertus (d. 475 or 476), who instituted the rogation days, whose brother Claudianus Mamertus was known as a theologian and poet, and during whose episcopate St. Leonianus held for forty years the post of grand penitentiary at”
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