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Ember Days (Rogation Days)
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[German Version]

are days of prayer, repentance (Days of prayer and repentance), fasting and thanksgiving (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, latter also as ordination date) taking place in four weeks of the year. Usually held at the beginning of the four seasons, they have their origin in Rome and have been observed since the 3rd century. Since 1975 mainly the first week in Advent, Lent, the week before Pen-tecost, and the first week of October have been set as optional ember weeks in the Roman Catholic church in German-speaking areas. Nowadays, actual themes such…

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Wiggermann, Karl-Friedrich, “Ember Days (Rogation Days)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 December 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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