"Crown the year with Thy blessing and with Thy benefits; and In Thy fields be filled with Thy fertility," prays the Church on the three Rogation days that precede Ascension Thursday. The Sunday before, to be known as " Farm Sunday " this year, is often called Rogation Sunday. The Archbishop of Westminster, on behalf of the Hierarchy, has associated himself with the other Christian leaders in urging • its observance.
The Litany of the Saints and the psalms and collects sung in procession through the fields of Catholic Countries on Monday and the next two days are supplications; hence the term " Rogations " applied to them. The object of these devotions is to appease the anger of God and avert the scourges of His justice, and to draw down the blessings of God on the fruits of the earth. Purple is used as a token of penance, and the paschal candle is left unlighted.