Years ago I was outside the Paul VI audience hall waiting for my bishop. There were there various drivers, priests waiting for their bishops, newsies, etc. An old Italian bishop, tired of the yakking inside the meeting of their conference, had come outside. Since the German college inside the Vatican walls was just nearby, I described the beautiful Corpus Christi procession we had had in the Vatican Gardens, with Swiss Guards carrying the canopy. The old man nodded with approval and growled:
“Meno chiacchiere – più processioni. … Less jabbering – more processions.”
Today, 25 April, the Feast of St. Mark, is when Holy Church traditionally had it’s “Major” Rogation Day, with the singing of litanies and a procession asking God to bless new crops, etc.
The “Minor” Rogation Days occur from Monday through Wednesday before Ascension Thursday… THURSDAY.
“Rogation” comes from rogo “to ask”.
The procession, which often went about the boundaries of a parish, was in England called the “beating of the bounds”. This was very helpful back when there were no or few maps for keeping boundaries in the common knowledge. Remembrance of boundaries were renewed each year.
This is a another wonderful ancient Catholic tradition which should be revived.
Holy Church’s calendar was, and in its traditional form, is, intimately bound up with the journey of your planet around its yellow star.
Præsta, quaesumus, omnípotens Deus: ut, qui in afflictióne nostra de tua pietáte confídimus, contra advérsa ómnia, tua semper protectióne muniámur.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who in our affliction put our trust in Thy mercy, may ever be defended by Thy protection against all adversity.
I would add… “adversity from without and from within”.
I rather like this freer translation of the same:
Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we who in our tribulation are yet of good cheer because of thy loving-kindness, may find thee mighty to save from all dangers.
Can you think of a better time than RIGHT NOW to have processions?
But no, our chiefs are all hunkered down inside.