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NOUN (1)

1. a solemn supplication ceremony prescribed by the church;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

rogation n 1: a solemn supplication ceremony prescribed by the church