These are the three days before Ascension Day, formerly a time widely observed as a period of solemn ceremonial petitioning.

Rogation Days, the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Holy Thursday or Ascension Day, so called from the supplications or litanies which are appointed in the Roman Catholic church to be sung or recited in public procession by the clergy and people.

Entry from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.

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