Near Stangelville in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In the early centuries of Christianity, the Western Church instituted the observation of Rogation Days to invoke God's mercy.
The word rogation is derived from the Latin word rogare, which means "to ask."
According to local custom, processions were held on the three days prior to Ascension Thursday.
After mass the priest would lead the parishioners from the church to a rogation shrine. Along the way, the rosary would be prayed, the Litany of the Saints would be sung, or other prayers would be said asking God to bless the fields and the newly planted crops so a bountiful harvest would follow in the fall.
Shrines were located one mile east, west, north and reportedly south of St. Lawrence Church, Stangelville. Today only the one to the north remains at the intersection of Highway AB and Pine Grove Road.
Another Bohemian shrine that is still in existence is located one mile north of St. Joseph Church, Pilsen, at the intersection of county roads F and V.
Several ethnic groups practiced this custom in Northeastern Wisconsin. Eventually such processions were discontinued in part due to the danger posed by automobile traffic.
Pravda A Zivat (Truth and Life)
Kdove Imme Uveri (Who Believes
A Poksten Bude (and Baptized Will)
Pasen Bade (Be Saved)
The inscription on the rogation shrine north of Pilsen.
Erected 2001 by the Kewaunee County Historical Society.
Location. 44° 24.854′ N, 87° 41.038′ W. Marker is near Stangelville, Wisconsin, in Kewaunee County. Marker is at the intersection of County Highway AB and Pine Grove Road (Road R7), on the right when traveling north on County Highway AB. Touch for map. Marker is 1 mile north of Stangelville, or approximately 9 driving miles south of Luxemburg. Marker is in this post office area: Luxemburg WI 54217, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Halada Farmstead (approx. 3.4 miles away); Dikeman (approx. 4.8 miles away); St. Joseph's Church (approx. 5 miles away); The Norman General Store (approx. 5 miles away); Black Earth Indian Village (approx. 5.9 miles away); Tisch Mills (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Old Mill (approx. 7 miles away); Kewaunee County Lime Kilns (approx. 7.3 miles away).
More about this marker. The translation: Pojdte Ke mnĕ všicKni, Kteří pracujete a obtíženi jste, a já vás občerstvím. Come unto me, all ye that
Also see . . .
1. Rogation days. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 30, 2014.)
2. Matthew 11:28. Other translations of Matthew 11:28. (Submitted on September 30, 2014.)
3. Kewaunee County Historical Society Newsletter. "Rogation Cross or Cemetery Entrance Cross?" (The missing Rogation Cross west of Stangelville.) "The translation is, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. Who believes in me and is baptized will live forever. I will raise him up on the last day.'" (Submitted on September 30, 2014.)
4. Rustic Road 7. Wisconsin Department of Transportation. (Submitted on September 30, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 30, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.