Amburbium (around the city) In Roman cult, the name for a solemn procession of the people, led by the pontifex and various orders of priests, three times around the boundaries of Rome. It was performed at times of national distress. A hog, a ram, and a bull were sacrificed, with special prayers. The rite was adopted by the Christian church as Rogation Days, which are set aside for the harvest and generally are observed on the three days before Ascension Day.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante