From Ancient Times, the Church has observed "Rogation Days" that is, the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between Rogate Sunday and Ascension Day. These are typically days of fasting and repentance in preparation for our Lord departing from His earthly ministry and entrusting The Gospel and The Sacraments to His Apostles.

A suggestion for a Lutheran approach to fasting during Rogationtide may be found here.

It is appropriate, during any time of fasting and repentance to abstain from lavish entertainment, to devote more time to prayer, and to give alms to the orphans, widows, and foreigners. 


The following is the Procession, propers, and Litany for the Days of Rogation as they were observed in the Lutheran Cathedral of Havelberg, ca. 1589, translated by Mr. Matthew Carver

The supplements for Tuesday and Wednesday replace the noted antiphons as well as the end of the Litany.


The following Litany, Prayers, and readings are provided here without pointing for private or family use.

They can be said on all three days and should be led by the head of the household. 

The readings are appointed for Divine Service in Rogationtide but they can, of course, be a part of personal devotion apart from the Sacrament of the Altar.

 

The Great Litany

 

Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy, Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God, the Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Be merciful, spare us, O Lord.

Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord.

From all evil, deliver us, O Lord.

From all sin, deliver us, O Lord.

From Thy wrath, deliver us, O Lord.

From sudden and provided death, deliver us, O Lord.

From the snare of the devil, deliver us, O Lord.

From anger, hatred, and all ill will, deliver us, O Lord.

From all lewdness, deliver us, O Lord.

From lightning and tempest, deliver us, O Lord.

From the scourge of earthquakes, deliver us, O Lord.

From the plague, famine, and war, deliver us, O Lord.

From everlasting death, deliver us, O Lord.

By the mystery of Thy holy incarnation, deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy coming, deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy birth, deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy baptism and holy fasting, deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy cross and passion, deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy holy resurrection, deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy wondrous ascension, deliver us, O Lord.

By the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, deliver us, O Lord.

On the Day of Judgment, deliver us, O Lord

We sinners, beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst spare us, we beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst pardon us, we beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance, we beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst govern and preserve Thy holy Church, we beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst preserve the Apostolic Ministry, and all pastors, we beseech Thee to hear us

That Thou wouldst humble the enemies of the holy Church, we beseech Thee to hear us

That Thou wouldst give peace and true concord to all Christian rulers, we beseech Thee to hear us

That Thou wouldst give peace and unity to all Christian people, we beseech Thee to hear us

That Thou wouldst restore to the unity of the Church all who have strayed from the truth, and lead all unbelievers to the light of the Gospel, we beseech Thee to hear us

That Thou wouldst confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service, we beseech Thee to hear us

That Thou wouldst lift up our minds to heavenly desires, we beseech Thee to hear us

That Thou wouldst grant everlasting blessings to all our benefactors, we beseech Thee to hear us

That Thou wouldst deliver our souls and the souls of our brethren, relatives, and benefactors from everlasting damnation, we beseech Thee to hear us

That Thou wouldst give and preserve the fruits of the earth, we beseech Thee to hear us

That Thou wouldst grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed, we beseech Thee to hear us

That Thou wouldst graciously hear us, Son of God, we beseech Thee to hear us

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us, Christ, graciously hear us.

Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. Amen.


The 69th Psalm

Save me, | O God!*
For the waters have come up | to my neck.
I sink in deep mire,
where there is no | foothold;*
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood sweeps | over me.
I am weary with my crying out;

my | throat is parched.*
My eyes grow dim
with waiting | for my God.
More in number than the hairs | of my head*
are those who hate me with- | out cause;
mighty are those who would destroy me,

those who attack | me with lies.*
What I did not steal
must I | now restore?
O God, you know my | folly;*
the wrongs I have done are not hid- | den from you.
Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me,

O Lord | GOD of hosts;*
let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me,
O God of | Israel.
For it is for your sake that I have | borne reproach,*
that dishonor has covered | my face.

I have become a stranger to my | brothers,*
an alien to my | mother’s sons.
For zeal for your house has con- | sumed me,*
and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fall- | en on me.

When I wept and humbled my soul with | fasting,*
it became | my reproach.
When I made sackcloth my | clothing,*
I became a byword | to them.

I am the talk of those who sit | in the gate,*
and the drunkards make songs a- | bout me.
But as for me, my prayer is to you, | O LORD.*
At an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving | faithfulness.

Deliver me from sinking | in the mire;*
let me be delivered from my enemies
and from the deep | waters.
Let not the flood sweep over me,
or the deep swal- | low me up,*
or the pit close its mouth | over me.

Answer me, O LORD, for your steadfast | love is good;*
according to your abundant mercy, | turn to me.
Hide not your face from your servant;
for I am | in distress;* 
make haste to | answer me.

Draw near to my soul, re- | deem me;*
ransom me because of my | enemies!
You know my reproach,
and my shame and my dis- | honor;*
my foes are all | known to you.

Reproaches have broken my heart,
so that I am | in despair.*
I looked for pity, but there was none,
and for comforters, but I | found none.
They gave me poi- | son for food,*
and for my thirst they gave me sour | wine to drink.

Let their own table before them be- | come a snare;*
and when they are at peace, let it be- | come a trap.
Let their eyes be darkened, so that they | cannot see,*
and make their loins tremble con- | tinually.

Pour out your indignation up- | on them,*
and let your burning anger over- | take them.
May their camp be a deso- | lation;*
let no one dwell | in their tents.

For they persecute him whom you have | struck down,*
and they recount the pain of those you have | wounded.
Add to them punishment upon | punishment;*
may they have no acquittal | from you.

Let them be blotted out of the book of the | living;*
let them not be enrolled among the | righteous.
But I am afflicted | and in pain;*
let your salvation, O God, set | me on high!

I will praise the name of God | with a song;*
I will magnify him with thanks- | giving.
This will please the LORD more | than an ox*
or a bull with | horns and hoofs.

When the humble see it they | will be glad;*
you who seek God, let your | hearts revive.
For the LORD hears the | needy*
and does not despise his own people who are | prisoners.

Let heaven and earth | praise him,*
the seas and everything that | moves in them.
For God will save Zion
and build up the cities of | Judah,*
and people shall dwell there and pos- | sess it;

the offspring of his servants shall in- | herit it,*
and those who love his name shall | dwell in it.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.


O God, Whose property is always to have mercy and to spare, receive our petition, that we and all Thy servants who are bound by the chain of sin, may, by the compassion of Thy goodness, mercifully be absolved. Hear, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy supplicants, and pardon the sins of those who confess to Thee, that, in Thy bounty, Thou may grant us both pardon and peace. In Thy clemency, O Lord, show Thy unspeakable mercy to us, that so Thou may both loose us from all our sins and deliver us from the punishments which we deserve for them. O God, who by sin art offended and pleased when a sinners turns unto Thee, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people, who make supplication to Thee, and turn away the scourges of Thine anger, which we deserve for our sins.

O almighty and eternal God, have mercy on Thy servant (N)., our pastor, and direct him according to Thy clemency, in the way of everlasting salvation, that, by Thy grace, he may desire the things that are pleasing to Thee, and perform them with all his strength.

O God, from Whom are all holy desires, righteous counsels, and just works, give to Thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that, our hearts being disposed to keep Thy commandments, and the fear of enemies taken away, the times, by Thy protection, may be peaceful. Inflame, O Lord, our reins and hearts with the fire of the Holy Spirit; that we may serve Thee with a chaste body, and please Thee with a clean heart.

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, give to the souls of Thy servants departed in the faith Thy perpetual light and peace.

Direct, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our actions by Thy holy inspirations, and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance; that every prayer and work of ours may always begin from Thee, and through Thee be happily ended. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. May the almighty and merciful Lord graciously hear us.

R. Amen.

V. And may the souls of the faithful departed though the mercy of God, rest in peace.

R. Amen.

 

The Propers for Rogation Days

The Introit

From His temple He heard my voice. Alle- | luia;*
And my cry to Him reached His ear, Alle- | luia.

I love you, O | Lord, my strength.*
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my de- | liverer.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.

From His temple He heard my voice. Alle- | luia;*
And my cry to Him reached His ear, Alle- | luia.

The Collect of the Day

Grant, we beseech Thee, Almìghty God: that we who in all our troubles and adversities do put our trust and confidence in Thy mercy, may ever be defended by Thy mighty pòwer; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, oùr Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Hòly Ghost: ever one God, world without end. Amen.

 
Elijah in the Desert  , 1834, by Moritz Berendt, German from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art  

Elijah in the Desert, 1834, by Moritz Berendt, German from the Philadelphia Museum of Art 

The Epistle

James 5:16-20

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

 
Jesus Christ a table avec deux de ses disciples dans le chasteau d'Emaus  , Late 17th century, by Antoine Masson, French from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art  

Jesus Christ a table avec deux de ses disciples dans le chasteau d'Emaus, Late 17th century, by Antoine Masson, French from the Philadelphia Museum of Art 

The Holy Gospel

Luke 11:5-13

Alleluia . Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever! Alleluia.

And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”