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.

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Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit

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A favourite hymn for the Palm Sunday procession comes from over a thousand years ago. It is one of the chants that can sound almost like a folksy dance when sung quickly.

Fortunately there is
a recording from the Monks of Sao Paolo, Brazil courtesy of the Christus Rex website – one of the longest running Catholic resources online. It is a live recording without fancy equipment.

For a more polished rendition there is a youtube recording from the Monks of Solesmes.

This morning we are having a go at making a recording – more difficult than you think! I will upload if we get anywhere.