The Wettersegen Prayers are said after the Last Gospel in German Speaking countries, asking for good weather and protection from storms. These prayers are said in the spring and summer, though the dates on which they start vary. They generally begin on the Feast of the Discovery of the True Cross (May 3), or the Feast of St. Mark (April 25, the Greater Litanies) while in other places on the Feast of St. George (April 23), These prayers end on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14). The blessing may be simple, or given with a Relic of the True Cross. In some places, bells are rung as at Benediction.
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