Rogation Ro*ga"tion, n. [L. rogatio, fr. rogare, rogatum, to ask, beg, supplicate: cf. F. rogation. Cf. {Abrogate}, {Arrogant}, {Probogue}.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) The demand, by the consuls or tribunes, of a law to be passed by the people; a proposed law or decree. [1913 Webster]

2. (Eccl.) Litany; supplication. [1913 Webster]

He perfecteth the rogations or litanies before in use. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

{Rogation days} (Eccl.), the three days which immediately precede Ascension {Day}; -- so called as being days on which the people, walking in procession, sang litanies of special supplication.

{Rogation flower} (Bot.), a European species of milkwort ({Polygala vulgaris}); -- so called from its former use for garlands in Rogation week. --Dr. Prior.

{Rogation week}, the second week before Whitsunday, in which the Rogation days occur. [1913 Webster]

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