Traditionally celebrated on the fifth Sunday after Easter with processions and prayers, Rogation Sunday invites people “to ask for blessing – for a particular place, for all its inhabitants; for every endeavor to promote the common good” (What is Rogation Sunday?). The Book of Common Prayer describes it as a time “especially devoted to asking for God’s blessing on agriculture and industry.” (Book of Common Prayer).
Although we no longer celebrate this feast day, St. Mark’s celebrated it in 1949. They asked for blessing of their newly created campus, their newly planted trees, and their newly created parish, as well as all of the endeavors to come. These slides found in the archive offer a great look at the Rogation Day festivities as well as the neighborhood in 1949.