Rogationtide

May 7, 2013
Posted by Fr. Wayne McNamara

Dear Brethren of Christ the King,

Today is day three of four in Rogationtide. Tomorrow we will walk and pray for the neighborhood immediately around our church building in Riverside.

The beginning of the Gospel lesson on Sunday was this:

Amen, amen, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask
the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto
have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive,
that your joy may be full.

The Collect for services of Holy Communion held during Rogationtide follows:

ALMIGHTY God, Lord of heaven and earth; We beseech
thee to pour forth thy blessing upon this land, and to
give us a fruitful season; that we, constantly receiving thy
bounty, may evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy
Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The primary focus of this season is to remind ourselves of Nature and God’s ways in creation, the changing of the season, the weather and seeds planted so five months from now we reap a bountiful harvest, and the great importance of our fair and godly stewardship of the world.

Rogationtide is time to remember the source of all our need and just Who it is that shepherds the winds and rains. It is the Lord who teaches and disciplines us through the means of weather. In the flood, earthquake, drought, volcano, hurricane, lightening storms, subzero temperatures, we are reminded that the fate of this world is ultimately not in our control. “It is rare that nature breaches the walls of civilization and technology we’ve set up around us, but breach them she can, and does, and this reality must be appreciated.”(Fisheaters)

The Scriptures make clear that God’s blessings of the Land are most often tied to covenant blessings. His divine guidance is often made known or enforced through the agency of His works of Nature.

Sorry, but I am out of time. This will just have to do for now.

May the Lord be pleased to bless our rogation intentions,

Fr. Wayne


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