Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The June installment of the Providence Latin and Church Music class featured the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Invocations, line by line
Ages ago, as Christianity gained acceptance, processions sprang up. Singing is a wonderful way to express the joy of praising God in a group. A litany is a great way to get maximum singing from minimum preparation. The refrain is catchy and short. The cantor sings an invocation and everyone joins in a hearty “pray for us”. The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the oldest. It has the title Litany of Loreto since it that is where it took shape.
The Catholic Encyclopedia has more information.

Rethinking the lessons – I need to make posters. Handing out paper sets up a distraction from the beginning. I had an idea to type out each invocation and hand them out for the older children to sing. My original idea was to introduce a new piece each time and then compile them into a booklet by the end of the year, but I see my focus changing. There needs to be some continuity too. I am learning too – learning about learning.


Litany of St Joseph

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Someone recommended the

Holy Cloak Novena
30 days of prayer to St Joseph in honour of his 30 years as foster father of the Son of God.

In typical idiotic procrastination I typed up the Litany of St Joseph from the Liber Usualis with an English translation. To even up the page count I added Pope Leo XIII’s prayer to St Joseph – to be said after the rosary during the month of October.

Technically it was a more challenging piece. Typing up a litany has the problem of how to arrange all the invocations with translations so that it is easy to read and follow.


Now to pray the litany for 30 days! If this helps you, please spare a prayer for my intentions.