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,
1. (Rom. Antiq.) The demand, by the consuls or tribunes, of a
law to be passed by the people; a proposed law or decree.
2. (Eccl.) Litany; supplication.
He perfecteth the rogations or litanies before in
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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a solemn supplication ceremony prescribed by the church